RZD Holding increases accessibility of rail transport to passengers with disabilities
Russian Railways is undertaking systemic measures to create an accessible environment for people with limited mobility at station infrastructure facilities and on long-distance, express and high-speed trains etc.
Work to adapt Kiev railway station in Moscow and the stations in Lipetsk, Spassk-Dalny, Knyazhpogost and Ufa is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Work to adapt stations to the needs of citizens with very restricted mobility was also carried out in 2012-2014 at stations in Moscow, Kazan and the Sochi region, as well as at Samara, Penza-1, Saransk, Rybinsk, Kamensky, Ryazan-2, Novokuznetsk and Saratov-1 stations.
The modernisation programme for existing stations includes the installation of ramps, lifts, escalators, ticket offices with lower counters equipped with induction loops for the hearing impaired and tactile lines for the visually impaired, while washrooms are being equipped with special cabins etc.
In the 9 months of 2015 to the end of September, nearly 48,000 people used the RZD Holding's assistance and support services at the Company's stations, 5 times more than in 2014. More than 14,000 passengers with disabilities travelled in specialised compartments on long-distance trains operated by the Federal Passenger Company, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, which is roughly the same number of limited mobility passengers which used the specialised compartments in 2014, when 14,435 passengers were transported .
Given the growing demand for such transportation, the Federal Passenger Company is carrying out a series of measures to ensure the accessibility of rail transport to people with limited mobility. In 2015, for instance, the overhaul and refurbishment programme will see the modernisation of 74 carriages for disabled passengers and the purchase of 4 specialised double-decker carriages. The Company's investment programme for 2016-2018 provides for the purchase of 60 staff carriages and the equipping of 121 car seats for passengers with limited mobility.
The Federal Passenger Company's rolling stock currently includes 511 carriages fitted with compartments capable of handling wheelchairs.
All the express and high-speed trains operated by Russian Railways - the Sapsan, Lastochka, Strizh and Allegro - take into account all possible passengers need, including those of passengers with disabilities, for whom special areas and adapted toilets have been provided on board these trains.