Route4U

The new app making travel in Portsmouth easier for people of all abilities

Portsmouth City Council announces an app to help those with prams and limited mobility get from A to B

Portsmouth City Council has just announced they will be launching a new free app that will help students with limited mobility, prams and buggies. 

After a successful trial period in April of this year, Portsmouth is the first city in the UK to be using this technology to help its community members. 

The Portsmouth City Council Website states that users can easily plan their journey using a route map and navigation system. The app also indicates pavement obstacles, surface quality, kerb heights, widths, inclines, and travel distances. It provides route planning and turn-by-turn navigation for wheelchair users, and can be customised to each person's own abilities.

Former student and disability blogger, Paige Tabone said: 

"I think it's a fab idea! It opens up a lot of possibilities for those new to the city and a stress free trips to those who do [live in Portsmouth]."

The app is free to download for Android and Apple users and will be a great benefit to students planning their journeys to and from university, and also to the university nursery. By using the app, students will be confident they can make their way around the city in the safest and most convenient way possible. 

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said: 

"I'm delighted that Portsmouth is the first UK city to provide this app to support people with reduced mobility. The detailed maps are designed to give users the confidence to undertake journeys by alerting them to the environments they will encounter. The app will have many benefits for students, residents and visitors and will give people the confidence to travel more independently by being less reliant on their cars for short distances."

The benefit to students with limited mobility, but also those using prams could have a massive impact.  By being able to plan safe and more effective routes to the nursery and to each university building could cut down travel times, stress and unforeseen issues which may impact their learning. 

Chairperson of Portsmouth Disability Forum, Sharon Smithson, said: 

"I'm extremely excited about the launch of the new Route4U app. As a wheelchair user, I and other forum members have experienced frustrating barriers, particularly with pavement obstacles and widths. Backtracking and finding alternative routes can take double the time of a normal journey.

Pam Turton, assistant director of transport at Portsmouth City Council, said: 

"I hope that this free app will give people the confidence to travel more independently and enjoy saving money by being less reliant on their cars for short distances."

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