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The Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA) Accessible Transport Strategy for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was launched at the London Transport Museum on 29 May 2008. Within the Strategy, the ODA made a commitment to work with DPTAC in particular to deliver signage and way-finding systems that will be appropriate to all, including visually impaired people.
Until 2009, DPTAC's Olympic Working Group (set up in 2007) was involved in a variety of activities to help ensure the accessibility of the 2012 Olympics venues and transport systems. The Group worked with the ODA and Transport for London providing advice on accessibility to transport systems that were being planned, built and/or upgraded for the 2012 Olympics. DPTAC members also attended meetings of the Transport Access Panel and provided key stakeholders with advice and guidance to raising issues for consideration for the Department for Transport (DfT) and the ODA.
Most notably, the Group led DPTAC's response to the ODA Transport Plan and provided input into the Accessible Transport Strategy. The Group also contributed to the consultation process of the Olympic Transport Plan, maintaining engagement with ODA throughout the implementation of their Accessibility Strategy.
By 2009 as the transport plans progressed and discussions became more mode specific, DPTAC decided to disband the Olympic Working Group and instead make available Members with particular modal expertise to attend mode specific meetings with the Chair of DPTAC taking overall lead.
The Committee works collectively when providing advice and input, and it will continue to work closely with ODA and DfT colleagues to ensure the needs of disabled people are appropriately considered. Over the coming months DPTAC members will continue to attend ODA meetings of the Accessible Transport Panel and hope to review the revised Olympic Transport Plan once it is published.
DPTAC responses to all consultations can be found on the Consultations page of this website. More information can on transport accessibility for the 2012 Olympics also be found on the ODA Accessible Transport web page.