View from the House: Make public transport accessible to all

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 September 2017


Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with local campaigners from Transport for All, which aims to make public transport in our area more accessible to disabled people.

While we’ve made big progress in London, the experiences shared at the meeting highlighted just how much work remains to be done.

Being able to get around town easily is something that many of us take for granted, but according to national figures, at least one in five disabled people have reported difficulties in using public transport.

I’ve been committed to improving transport accessibility since I was elected. Thanks to the impressive community campaign mounted by local residents’ associations and lobbying by local councillors and MPs, we were able to convince Mayor Sadiq Khan to make Newbury Park and South Woodford stations step free. This will have a big impact on disabled access to the underground network, as well as making getting about more convenient for elderly people or those with buggies or heavy luggage.

We need to make public transport genuinely accessible to all. From accessible transport guides to help people with learning disabilities to improving pavement designs to help people with guide dogs, making public transport accessible is about more than lifts and ramps.

That’s why I will be taking up the issues raised with me with Transport for London as part of their consultation on the Mayor’s transport strategy, so that together we can continue to improve our area to help disabled people move freely around our city.

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