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[July 05, 2014]

Helping blind and deaf bus passengers [Daily Post (Liverpool, England)]

(Daily Post (Liverpool, England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CAMPAIGNERS are trying to ensure that all new buses have audio visual, next stop announcements, which are vital for blind and partially sighted bus travellers.

Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb showed his support for the cause which is led by the charity Guide Dogs to make travelling by bus easier for people with sight loss. Mr Bebb attended a reception at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday in support of Guide Dogs.

Audio Visual systems are only fitted to around one fifth of the bus fleet nationally, with the overwhelming majority of these buses operating in London.

Guide Dogs is calling for the Government to require all new buses be fitted with AV, as currently bus operators are under no obligation to include this technology when upgrading their fleet.

Mr Bebb said: "Aberconwy already has talking buses serving many busy routes in my constituency and I would welcome them being extended across the network." (c) 2014 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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