'You Smart Thing' - Disabled volunteers from Coventry sought to try out new public transport journey planner - The Coventry Observer

15th Aug, 2022

'You Smart Thing' - Disabled volunteers from Coventry sought to try out new public transport journey planner

Ryan Smith 1st Jun, 2022

WEST Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is appealing for disabled volunteers from Coventry to trial a new journey planner that aims to remove barriers to public transport for people with long-term health conditions.

The new service will allow people to better coordinate personal assistance needs by alerting stops on each stage of a journey when a person needing additional support is on their way.

WMCA has teamed up with the leading online travel planning platform ‘You Smart Thing’ to create the journey planner app.

The planner is part of IncludeMe WM which aims to make the West Midlands a leading area for helping disabled people and people with long-term health conditions to be physically active.

The trial will happen on routes serving Coventry’s The Wave and Alan Higgs Centre.

Volunteers will have their journey cost covered as well as Amazon vouchers at the end of each journey taken.

Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street said: “We are always striving as a region to make our transport network as friendly, welcoming, and accessible as possible.

“With this aim in mind, I am pleased as a region we champion our IncludeMe WM agenda.

“I encourage locals to step forward and help improve the quality of life for the fellow West Midlanders.”

Executive director of Transport for West Midlands, Anne Shaw added: “We are always keen to ensure that disabled people are supported throughout our transport networks and any existing barriers involving them reaching their destination are removed.”

Email IncludeMeWM@wmca.org.uk for more information and to take part.

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