Website accessibility is a work in progress. This page will highlight any current issues and planned improvements.
Work in progress
2Commune tested this website in November 2020 using the Microsoft Accessibility Insights for Web tool, and found it to be fully compliant with the WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility requirements.
An accessibility review plan for 2021 is in preparation. This plan will show the programme of work to check functionality and improve accessibility across this website. Progress is subject to uncertainty regarding Government changes to the regulations for remote meetings after 7th May 2021. At present live video is exempt from the accessibility regulations. The addition of captions is not required by legislation and the work involved would add a disproportionate burden.
Image: The former at-grade crossing at Canterbury West Station. A station porter guides a wheelchair user past the live 750 volt third rails. This route provided accessibility by enabling passengers to avoid the subway built in the 1890s. The subway under the tracks replaced a Victorian footbridge that blew down in a gale. Canterbury West is the site of the oldest passenger railway station in the world (The Crab and Winkle Line to Whitstable opened 1830).
Network Rail replaced this potentially dangerous at-grade crossing with a footbridge and lifts in 2010. This investment provided the station with step free access to both platforms, and an interchange via lifts and stairs. However, 'the lifts will be out of order between Platform 2 and the station overbridge until further notice.'
Network Rail announcement April 2021.