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Moving On – The Accessible Transport Symposium

Moving On

Moving On 23-24th November 2013

See Trabasack At Moving On!


The key parties involved in Moving On

We’re proud to announce that the Trabasack team will be attending and exhibiting at Moving On – The Accessible Transport Symposium in Coventry.  The event is bringing together individuals in the field of inclusive transport. We’re thrilled to be involved in the event. It takes place on 23rd and 24th November at Coventry Transport Museum. The project brings together a number of different organisations including Connect Culture, Coventry University, Transport for All and Disability History Month.

Accessible Transport for All, Everywhere

Accessible transport issues are big stories in the media recently, for example, we’ve seen a landmark result for accessible transport in the UK. Doug Paulley, a wheelchair user, took First Bus Group to court after he was told by the driver of a bus that he couldn’t get on. This was due to a pushchair user refusing to move from the dedicated wheelchair space. First Bus Group describe their policy as ‘first come first serve’ but this was challenged in court. Paulley received £5,500 in compensation with First Bus Group given 6 months to make changes to their policy. This is a huge step forward for accessible and inclusive transport.

Another recent issue was the refusal by Crossrail to provide step free access at the 31 of 38 planned new rail developments and the subsequent protests.

Moving On will look at how we can move forward and also discuss other important points for the inclusive transport field.

Round Table Discussion

Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Museum

The Round Table discussion is taking place on the 23rd November and runs from 1pm to 4.30pm. The discussion involves many key figures in the industry. Speakers include individuals who are used to the difficulties posed when travelling on public transport in as a wheelchair user or somebody with disabilities.


Coventry Transport Museum will be the main exhibitors showing a range of the vehicles from their collection. They’ll be putting together a special display about the history of road transport for people with disabilities. There are also plans for a display documenting the campaign for accessible public transport.

Trabasack will be one of the many other small companies and charities that will be joining the event and participation in the exhibition. We will have our products for sale  and be showing how our product range is ideal for travelling on public transport. If you, your charity or business would like to exhibit at the event, please leave a comment below and we will get straight back to you.

Win a Trabasack in the Video Competition

One of the highlights of the event that you can get involved with right away is the Video Competition. It’s open to all under 25s who fancy themselves a great film maker and want the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

The challenge is to create a 5×5 video and publish it online. The theme of the video should be: “your idea about the future of accessible transport to enhance your independent living.”

Showcase your creativity and add the experience to your CV. The competition closes on 15th November and the judges will then choose from the entries and pick their winners. Under 16s must get permission from their parents before entering.

The lucky competition winners will win one of the many prizes organised. They include an accessible holiday for four in France for seven days as well as a Trabasack Curve and Trabasack Max and the organisation team are still getting more prizes together.

If you’ve got something to say about accessible transport and access to camera, even on your mobile phone then give it a go and you’ll probably be surprised at the results. Full details are here

Here is an example of the type of 5×5 video that the judges will be looking for

About the Project Co-Ordinator

Project Co-ordinater Eleanor and her Trabasack Max

Project Co-ordinater Eleanor and her Trabasack Max

The Moving On Accessible Transport Project is co-ordinated by Eleanor Lisney. Eleanor owns Connect Culture and works on a freelance basis with a special interest in accessibility and inclusive design. She’s also a loyal Trabasaxon!

Eleanor has used public transport around the world and has clear insights into how improvements could be made for the needs of people with disabilities.

We’re looking forward to Moving On and are sure some important and difficult questions will be posed and discussed. Book your tickets for the round table discussion for free and get involved in the debate.


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