MP gets on board with talking buses

Local MP Gregg McClymont showed his support for a campaign led by the charity Guide Dogs to make travelling by bus easier for people with sight loss.

Gregg McClymont with volunteer Fiona Byer.
Gregg McClymont with volunteer Fiona Byer.

The Cumbernauld MP attended a reception at the Houses of Parliament in support of Guide Dogs’ campaign to make sure all new buses have audio visual (AV) next stop announcements, which are vital for blind and partially sighted bus travellers.

The reception highlighted how announcements enable blind and partially sighted people to understand their location, and prevent them from missing their stops.

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.

Gregg McClymont MP said: “Safe and accessible bus services give people with sight loss much greater freedom to work, socialise and participate in the community.

“Without AV, bus travel for people with sight loss can be especially difficult, stressful, and dangerous when stops are missed and they end up in an unfamiliar area.”

James White, Guide Dogs’ campaigns manager, said: “Buses are a lifeline for people who are blind or partially sighted, and we welcome the support of Gregg McClymont MP for people with sight loss to be able to travel safely and independently.”