Blind Greater Manchester residents invited to ‘Meet the Buses’

The latest event in Merseyside, where learner drivers try out some sim specs with Matt

Greater Manchester residents are invited to a public event to help improve bus accessibility in Greater Manchester.

Blind and visually impaired residents can walk through the layout of different bus styles, talk to drivers and educate managers about their experiences and discuss how changes can be made.

In partnership with Stagecoach and RNIB, Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council is organizing the event on Wednesday 30th March. The event will take place at Sharston Depot, Leestone Road, Sharston Industrial Estate, Manchester, M22 4RB.

Bus drivers, trainers and staff will try out different Simulation Spectacles (Sim Specs), which simulate the different vision conditions of their visually impaired passengers.

RNIB Regional Campaigns Officer for the Northwest, Terri Balon said: “It is important that bus operators such as Stagecoach understand the barriers that blind and partially sighted people face when travelling. This event will allow staff to experience some of these challenges first hand, which we hope will lead to better experiences for people with loss of face.”

Kelly Barton, Engagement Manager, for Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council said: “Public transport is such an essential service for the blind and partially sighted and we are very pleased to be working with Stagecoach and RNIB to raise awareness among their drivers and other staff to increase .

“This is a great opportunity for Stagecoach staff to ask any questions they may have and also for the blind and partially sighted to ask questions about bus travel. The past two years have been extremely challenging for bus providers and the blind and partially sighted, so it is extremely encouraging that we can realize this event together.”

A previous event in Bristol

Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council is part of a network of councils across the country working to influence positive change. Some of their work focuses on improving access to transportation, hospitality, sidewalks and roads, arts and entertainment venues.

Read more about the campaign on the Sight Loss Councils website.

If you would like to attend this event, please contact Engagement Manager, Kelly Barton at or call Kelly on 07508 958 938.

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