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New courtesy buggies improve disabled access at Port Arthur

17/12/2008

Three new courtesy buggies, delivered to the Port Arthur Historic Site today just in time for the peak summer season, will improve access for visitors with limited mobility.

The eight-seat electric vehicles replace a number of smaller electric and petrol-driven vehicles which suffered from limited range. Guide and driver Ken Lampkin said the new buggies could cover around 120km between recharges.

“That’s plenty for a busy summer day at Port Arthur, when we can expect up to 2,000 people to visit each day,” he said. “The additional carrying capacity has also become very necessary.”

PAHSMA Director of Tourism Operations, Maria Stacey, said that the new buggies had been acquired partly in response to visitor feedback.

“Port Arthur is a physically big site, and one of the most common requests we receive is for more courtesy vehicles,” said Maria. “With an aging population and the baby-boomers all getting to a certain age, demand for such facilities is only going to grow.”

“Port Arthur has gone to considerable lengths to ensure that the site is accessible to as wide a range of people as possible. The new buggies will further enhance the good reputation that Port Arthur has for accessibility.”

New courtesy buggies improve disabled access at Port Arthur

Driver and Guide Ken Lampkin puts one of the new buggies through its paces.