Despite the success of the London Paralympics, new research has revealed that 86% of disabled people who responded to a recent survey think the UK travel industry is still not providing sufficient information about disabled access and facilities.

The survey, which was carried out by Adapted Vehicle Hire and Tourism For All UK, also revealed that 87% of respondents had been prevented from travelling because of their disability. A further 77% consider disabled access to be ‘very important’ when planning where to go on holiday.

London was identified as the part of UK with the best disabled access and facilities but despite improvements made in the run up to the Paralympics, the Underground was singled out for criticism.

The UK’s airports and train stations also fared badly in the survey with respondents claiming more needed to be done to make them accessible for all.

However, more than 92% of respondents thought that disabled access had improved overall in the past ten years, with 28% saying that access was ‘significantly better’.

Lorraine Farnon, managing director of Adapted Vehicle Hire, said:  “The results of this survey clearly demonstrate that despite gradual progress, more needs to be done to make the travel industry more accessible for disabled people.

“Following the outstanding success of the Paralympics which has brought disability issues increasingly into the mainstream, there is now an opportunity to make real improvements to access and facilities across the UK.”

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