Added: 22 August 2012 | Updated: 6 September 2012
On your marks, get set!
The Paralympics will see thousands of disabled athletes and spectators arrive in London for what is billed as the ‘most accessible’ Paralympic games ever to be held. With over 2 million tickets sold, there will be a spotlight on disabled people and accessible travel like never before.
Transport for All wants the Games to be a catalyst for change and improvements to the accessibility of our transport network.
We will be working during the Paralympics to not only provide pan-impairment travel advice; but also campaigning to make sure that the solutions to London’s accessible transport issues are highlighted to politicians and the media alike.
Here is what Transport for All will be up to during the Games and how you can get involved!
Getting you to the Games or helping you avoiding the disruption.
Our Games advice line and website page on accessible travel for both disabled spectators and London residents was recently described by Disability Now as ‘indispensable’. Give us a ring or visit our 2012 pages:
Advice Line: 0207 737 2339. www.transportforall.org.uk/2012/
Roll out the Ramps Campaign
Transport for All is campaigning to permanently keep the 16 manual boarding ramps that have been introduced across the Tube network. The ramps bridge the gap between platform and train. Some have enabled disabled people to use their local Tube station for the first time.
But TfL have given no guarantees that the ramps will stay.
After the last medal has been handed out, disabled Londoners will continue to need to travel to work; to see friends and family, and to get out and about in this great city. We deserve a legacy of accessible transport continuing beyond the Games.
We are writing to the Mayor and TfL urging them to roll out the ramps across the Tube network. To support our case, we need as many wheelchair and mobility scooter users as possible to use these ramps and send us their feedback.