Mark Tami MP on board with Guide Dogs’ Talking Buses campaign

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

The Guide Dogs’ campaign is to make sure all new buses have audio visual (AV) next stop announcements, which are vital for blind and partially sighted bus travellers as they enable blind and partially sighted people to understand their location, and prevent them from missing their stops.

The Alyn & Deeside MP said, ‘I fully support the implementation of audio visual systems on new buses, this would make public transport safer and more user friendly for people who are blind or partially sighted but I also believe that it would benefit all bus users.’

AV systems are only fitted to around one fifth of the bus fleet nationally, with the overwhelming majority of these buses operating in London.

James White, Guide Dog’s Campaigns Manager, said: “Buses are a lifeline for people who are blind or partially sighted, and we welcome the support of Mark Tami MP for people with sight loss to be able to travel safely and independently.”

“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.

“Safe and accessible bus services give people with sight loss much greater freedom to work, socialise and participate in the community.”