Transport for London (TfL) is set to introduce its low emission Dial-a-Ride vehicles, further building on the commitment to help those with disabilities travel around the city.
The first 90 of these greener vehicles have now arrived in the capital and will provide a door-to-door service, opening up travel opportunities for those who cannot do so without assistance.
TfL is committed to improving the experiences of passengers with disabilities; many of its Tube stations now have much-improved access, and the government has also launched a number of initiatives that are focused on improving journeys for disabled passengers.
The Dial-a-Ride vehicles, which have been introduced months before the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) becomes fully operational, meet tough air quality standards set by the Mayor of London, and will provide a lifeline to those with disabilities and older Londoners, who will now be able to make vital journeys across the centre of the city in these greener vehicles.
It also marries in with the Clean Air Strategy which has been set up to bring down levels of air pollution; these Dial-a-Ride vehicles will have even lower emissions thanks to technology that means engines will not run unnecessarily while the buses are stationary.
As well as improving air quality and the experiences of passengers, the Dial-a-Ride vehicles will also boost the economy and help TfL reduce its operating costs.
Dial-a-Ride’s General Manager, James Mead, said: “Dial-a-Ride is part of the city’s social fabric, making sure vulnerable Londoners are not isolated in the community.
“These vehicles also contribute to the wider societal benefit of cleaning up the air for future generations.
“Where we can, we support people who may have thought they were dependent on Dial-a-Ride to travel on their own with travel mentors.
“We give them the tools they need to experience greater freedom when getting around.”
TfL also confirmed that the wider fleet of 300 vehicles will be upgraded ahead of the ULEZ expansion to the North and South Circulars in 2021.