Disability Discrimination Act
The Highways Agency is committed to improving the accessibility of its network and services for disabled people and to meeting our legal obligations under the Disability Discrimination Acts (DDA) 1995 and 2005. The Agency embraces the ethos behind the DDA and recognises the importance of meeting the requirements of disabled people who need and want to use the network.
Since the introduction of DDA legislation we have reviewed and updated our design standards to make them compliant with DDA standards. However, many existing assets predate the changes in design standards and therefore are not compliant to the DDA Legislation. To address this all network crossings, footbridges, bus stops, etc have been audited to establish modifications that could be made to make them accessible to the disabled community. This resulted in a programme of approximately 4,800 sites where DDA works might be needed to road network facilities (bus stops, lay-bys, etc).
The Agency has set itself a target under the Single Equality Duty Action Plan (SEDAP) to deliver 8% of the 4800 identified improvements per year over the next three years.
Progress to Date
Good progress has been made in developing a programme to take forward the 4,800 identified improvements. We have:
- Sized a programme of works.
- Issued a public statement ‘Disability: Accessibility of the Strategic Road Network ‘, which set out priorities agreed with disability organisations, publicised actions already taken by the Agency and explained how stakeholder views would be taken forward by the Agency.
- Adjusted Value Management guidance for roads and structures, enabling delivery of DDA projects as an integral part of maintenance schemes.
- Rolled out training (delivered through workshops, presentations and guidance notes) to MACs and Area Teams covering generic scheme design and the refined process to be used in the preparation of the forward programme of DDA works.
- Issued guidance to assist Regional Performance Teams and their Areas in preparation and delivery of DDA schemes. Oracle has been adjusted to include DDA as an aspect within the purpose field so that we can track expenditure against DDA works.
To support you in delivering the DDA Compliance Programme, the following guidance and training material is available: