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Rail Access Now

Rail Access Now – Campaign

Rail Access Now is a key Transport for All campaign, demanding that the Government and railway companies take action to uphold Disabled and older people’s right to travel with freedom and independence on London’s railway network.

All too often we hear from Disabled people about the barriers they face using trains and we have been disappointed to see the railway become one mode of transport going backwards in terms of accessibility in recent years.

So far we have defended our right to Turn-Up-And-Go assistance with Southern Rail by protesting with our members and supporters at London Bridge Station.

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We have fought against the Government’s shameful decision to defer Access for All funding, meaning half of all railway station accessibility projects due to be delivered between 2012 and 2019 have been delayed by up to five years, by holding demonstrations at eight stations across London.

We also sent a letter signed by 50 disability and transport organisations to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Department for Transport urging them to restore vital Access for All funding.

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We joined local campaign group Save Access at Brentford Station to protest against South Western Railway’s plans to end the requirement to have a guard on board all trains, opening up the possibility of unstaffed trains and therefore no assistance for Disabled and older passengers.

Recently, we attended protests at London Bridge Station alongside Disabled People Against Cuts and the Association of British Commuters over Govia Thameslink’s (GTR) controversial timetable changes, regressive ‘call ahead’ policy and plans to remove guards from trains.

We continue to fight for a railway network that is accessible to everyone.

Our demands

As part of Rail Access Now, we demand:

Experienced an issue using the railway?

You can contact our Advice Line for free for impartial advice on accessible travel in London. We can help you make complaints about any problems you face using the railway. This helps us to hold train companies to account when Disabled and older people are let down by railway services.

Get involved in demanding Rail Access Now

We need your support to spread the word about railway accessibility and there is lots you can do to help:

You can help make real progress by becoming a Transport for All member or donating today.

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Yes, I want to take action for accessible transport by becoming a TfA member today

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