Wheelworld Railway

Boarding the train as a commuter

Posted in Access For All, News by Wheel World Dad on November 10, 2010

I’m going to refer to a BBC article here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11676437

This is about the getting off and on trains quickly.  But I notice an absense of any recognition about those who are mobility impaired – the visually impaired, the infirm, the older person, the wheelchair user.  Where is the consideration of our boarding?  It’s still not independent.  It’s still reliant on someone with a ramp.  And what happens when commuters shove in to try to get on board whilst I’m trying to get off the train?  I get held back, the train gets delayed and – yep – you’ve guessed it – people complain because of this.

So – open invite here: I invite anyone from a major news channel service – BBC, CNN, ITN – give me a comment with a number – it won’t get published.  Lets talk about how you might like to see a disabled commuters story.

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  1. Dave H said, on November 10, 2010 at 13:47 pm

    Take a look at http://www.inclusivecyclingforum.org.uk to se how some folk are facing up to this.

    • wheelworldrailway said, on November 10, 2010 at 22:18 pm

      Thanks for this and something I’m aware of. The point is that as a commuter – how many disabled people commute using a wheelchair? How many of them have a positive experience? Just a thought 🙂


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