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Call for Evidence – Future of Rail in London

Added: 15 June 2018 | Updated: 18 June 2018

The London Assembly Transport Committee have launched an investigation into the future of rail in London to consider how rail capacity, frequency and reliability can be improved. The committee have called for views and information to inform their recommendations.

At Transport for All (TfA), we have been vocal about improving London’s rail network for the benefit of Disabled and older people through our Rail Access Now campaign.

Over the years we have heard many stories from our members about the barriers they face using trains. We have been disappointed to see rail become one mode of transport going backwards in terms of accessibility in recent years, with the attack on our right to Turn-Up-And-Go and unstaffed stations leaving Disabled and older passengers stranded on platforms and carriages without any assistance.

Recently, we joined Save Access at Brentford Station in protesting the decision of South Western Railway to scrap their “no guard on board, no train” policy, leading to the possibility of trains running without a guard on board.

That’s why it is vital that TfA members and supporters submit their evidence and experiences. The committee want to know what the challenges are for London’s rail network and what improvements would bring the most benefits to Londoners. We want the committee to hear exactly how the rail network is becoming increasingly inaccessible for London’s Disabled passengers and what improvements would benefit you.

Our demands:

Let’s tell them why the future of rail in London needs to be accessible to all by making these demands:


Take action – share your views now

Transport for All will respond to this consultation. If you would like to contribute to our response, please email us your feedback by Tuesday 24th July: joshua [at] transportforall [dot] org [dot] uk

The key questions are:

We also encourage TfA members and supporters to submit their evidence. The deadline is Tuesday 31stJuly. You can respond by sending your submission:Please respond to the call for evidence. Your response will help raise the importance of accessible rail transport on the public agenda and show that the future of London should be one that we can all access.You can find more information about the call for evidence and some suggested questions to answer on the London City Hall website: https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/london-assembly/london-assemblys-current-investigations/future-rail