Helping disabled residents get On the Buses

Council joins forces with Lothian Buses

Midlothian Council and Lothian Buses have teamed up to offer disabled residents the chance to practice getting on and off a bus.

It can be daunting

While many people don’t think twice about getting on and off a bus, for some with a disability it can be daunting.  ‘Try a Bus’ sessions are an opportunity for disabled residents to practice using the ramp and accessing the wheelchair space on a stationary bus.  

Perfect opportunity to practice

Councillor Hackett, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Commercial Operations, said: “Using a bus for the first time can be a nerve wracking experience. Understandably there is the worry about taking too long to get into the wheelchair space and holding everyone else up. I would urge anyone with these worries to come along to a ‘Try a Bus’ session. It’s the perfect opportunity to practise and build up your confidence in a relaxed atmosphere.

Reducing inequality

"Reducing inequality is a priority for Midlothian Council. Providing easier access to public transport enables people with disabilities to participate more fully in life." 

Where and when

'Try a Bus' sessions will be held on Wednesday 10 July from 10am-2pm in Dalkeith at the South Street bus stop layby and Thursday 11 July from 10am-2pm at Straiton Retail Park (opposite Frankie & Benny's on the upper level).

Ends

 

4 Jul 2019