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Open day to widen access to public transport

National Express bus Photo: Central News

As part of a scheme to widen access to public transport, bus drivers were today given special glasses that simulate blindness, to experience what it might be like for people with visual impairments to use public transport.

It was supposed to make drivers aware of the kind of obstacles many bus users overcome.

Bus users had the chance to familiarise themselves with the layout of buses in a safe environment. Charities are hoping to capitalise on the success of the Paralympics to improve living standards for people with disabilities.

In the East Midlands around 27,000 people are registered blind or partially sighted and in the West Midlands around 30,000.

The day was a team effort, organised between National Express and Action for Blind People.

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