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.

Travel2020 – but what do we want?

Posted in Access For All, Conferences by Wheel World Dad on September 5, 2010

Disabled people have never had it so good.  More and more new routes of transport are opened up every day to becoming accessible to 95% of disabled people.

But there can always be more done.  In the next 10 years, step entrance buses will not be allowed to be used on registered local bus services, more rail vehicles will be accessible than ever and taxis will be falling into line with the rest of the industry.

But what do disabled people really want?  There is a tall order to demand equal access, comparable to anything available to someone who is considered able-bodied.  Persons with Learning Disabilities would like to be recognised as needing a form of access too.  What about those with hearing impairments?  Visual impairments? What do people want?

So – I invite your comments – tell me something you’d like to see by 2020.  It has to be something realistic though.  Comments close on the 10th September

Scottish Parliament criticises access cash cuts

Posted in Access For All, News, Scotland by Wheel World Dad on May 2, 2010

This is in response to the BBC News Article http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8656222.stm .

I’m in agreement that this cash should not be cut.  Its quite important that access for all should continue unhindered.

Why?

Because we are striving for a change in accessing all of our railways – not just the main stations and perceived main destinations of those who need access.

Because in partnership, disabled people are working forward to attain the same levels of independence any able bodied person might have.

Because disabled people want to travel too.

We are living in an economy where we need to get more for less.  So why shouldn’t we try to get more?  Isn’t £2.5 million on a lift a little excessive?  So – lets find why it costs so much and adjust that.  But not at the expense of disabled people.