Are there audio announcements on the buses where you live? Have you ever thought of them as an annoyance?

VI Talk

This is an article that I wrote for guide dogs in early October.

A few months ago, I heard an interesting conversation on the radio about a person’s experience of riding on a bus with audio announcements.  The presenter and the caller were in agreement that it was an annoyance to them and they couldn’t see the point in having such a disturbance on a bus.  This was the prompt that I needed to get my phone out and send a message to the presenter (very politely may I add) to say that I enjoyed his show but did he realise that having such announcements on the buses meant that many visually impaired people could now get out and about, travel independently and that such a facility opened up so many opportunities to us.  He read my text out on air, said that he’d never actually thought of it that…

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