Friday, May 19, 2017

TFA – 4 Demands for Accessible Transport

With just twenty days left until the general election it’s more important than ever to make sure Disabled and older people’s voices are heard.

Last week Transport for All published their four demands for accessible transport, and over the next few weeks they will be sharing stories – to show all the parties the impact transport accessibility has on peoples lives.

1) Restore deferred Access for All funding and commit to continuing the scheme beyond 2019

Only one in five stations in the UK have step-free access. The shameful decision to defer £50m worth of Access for All funding is a major backwards step for access. Progress on rail access was already too slow – we need more rail access funding not less!

2) Enshrine the right to access in law

Transport access is a right, and should be directly protected by law. Uphold the recommendations of the House of Lords Equality Committee and enshrine the right to access in UK law.

3) No more rail staff cuts

Disabled and older people depend on visible, available transport staff for advice and assistance. The Government needs to ensure that when train services are franchised, staffing levels are protected so that disabled and older people can travel with confidence.

4) Strengthen the law around wheelchair priority on buses

Doug Paulley’s legal battle to use his local buses shone a light on how, over twenty years after disabled people chained themselves to buses to win a wheelchair space, disabled people face daily discrimination on the bus. Wheelchair priority in the wheelchair bay must be protected by law.

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