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Ilford South MP Mike Gapes joins disabled bus users on journey

PUBLISHED: 16:45 10 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:45 10 September 2015

MP Mike Gapes took public transport with transport action group Transport for All which is campaigning for step freee access at station and better facilities for those with disablilities at bus stops

MP Mike Gapes took public transport with transport action group Transport for All which is campaigning for step freee access at station and better facilities for those with disablilities at bus stops

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Ilford South MP Mike Gapes joined a campaign group for disabled transport users on his first trip into Parliament after its summer recess.

He was honouring an invitation made by Transport for All to experience how inaccessible buses and trains can be for disabled people.

He joined Abdul Jamil and June Kelsey.

Lianna Etkind, campaigns and outreach co-ordinator for the charity, said: “June spoke quite passionately about how she finds the behaviour of bus drivers an obstacle to feeling safe and confident on the buses.

“Many older people tell us they are not given time to sit down. This creates a risk of people falling.”

Ms Etkind also said that Abdul described how bus drivers often did not ask buggy users to move if he, as a scooter user, needed the space.

Describing how a mechanical fault on one of the buses also proved a valuable point, Ms Etkind said: “The ramp did not work.

“However, the helpful bus driver eventually got it to.”

The group took buses from Ilford Lane to Green Lane and then to Ilford station on Monday.

The trip ended at the station as it did not have adequate step free access

There will be a lift installed in the future.

From May, the station has adopted the “turn up and go” service which means staff have to help those needing assistance without having to book in advance.


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