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5 September 2012 | PR 12/158

Study aims to increase transport choices for people with limited mobility

Izzy Jeffs

 

Local people with limited mobility are needed to take part in a Loughborough University study to trial a new website aimed at improving access to public transport.

Academics from the University’s Design School have been tasked with testing out the website – www.accessadvisr.net – by its developer, AccessAdvisr Ltd.

The company received funding from the Government’s Technology Strategy Board and the Ordnance Survey to set up the site.  It aims to make difficult journeys easier for people with limited mobility by providing information on the accessibility of travel facilities across the UK.

The Loughborough team want to speak to people from Nottingham, Loughborough and Leicester who experience physical difficulty when travelling.  They want to discover how more detailed information on the ease of access to transport systems could help people with limited mobility when researching and planning journeys.

Participants in the study will meet with a University researcher and be asked to view the AccessAdvisr website.  After using the site participants will be asked to complete a short questionnaire.  The research will take less than an hour to complete and all participants will receive £20 in vouchers.

Dr Chris Parker, who is leading the Loughborough study, said: “To ensure the website is as useful as possible we need to speak to those people who will make use of it.  By taking part in this study you will help us shape how the site works and the information it provides.” 

Anyone interested in participating in the study should contact Dr Parker by calling 01509 223586 or emailing C.Parker2@lboro.ac.uk

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Notes for editors:

  • AccessAdvisr is a crowd sourcing website (www.accessadvisr.net) that has been developed by Nottingham-based company AccessAdvisr Ltd. - a subsidiary of Integrated Transport Planning Ltd. (www.itpworld.net).
  • The team won seed funding through the Ordnance Survey and Technology Strategy Board’s 2011 Geovation Challenge (http://www.geovation.org.uk/) focused on the problem statement of ‘How can we improve transport in Britain.  AccessAdvisr was one of 6 innovations funded through this programme and a range of smartphone applications are being developed to complement the website.
  • Loughborough University’s Design School
    (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/lds/) is participating in the Ideas in Transit (http://ideasintransit.org/) project, which is a five-year project that applies User Innovation to the transport challenges faced by individuals and society. It is a unique collaboration between Government, Commercial and Academic thought leaders and their networks. It will influence intelligent transport decisions at policy, social, personal and commercial levels.
  • The team from the Loughborough Design School are conducting this research as part of the Ideas in Transit study.  The findings will inform both the on-going development of the AccessAdvisr website, as well as relevant but separate research into the way members of the public place value upon information in the public domain.
  • The research has been funded through a combination of the Ideas in Transit project and the Geovation Challenge.
  • Loughborough University
    Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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