By TJM in Disability News Service.
Local authorities in England and Wales are facing calls to re-think the “streetscape” changes being made in response to COVID-19, amid concerns that the new street infrastructure is making parts of towns and cities inaccessible to many disabled people.
Disabled people and their organisations have previously warned that many of the measures are discriminatory and that public bodies are ignoring their duties under the Equality Act and using the crisis as an excuse not to consult with disabled people about the changes.
But councils are pressing ahead with changes to roads, cycle lanes and pavements despite the concerns raised by disabled people, arguing that they are needed to make social distancing easier and prevent an increase in car usage and deterioration in air quality.
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