Back in November, the London Assembly Transport Committee published a report on the accessibility of London’s bus and tube networks.
It concluded that Transport for London’s (TfL) plans for improving the accessibility of the transport network were ‘too modest’; and were failing to meet the demand for accessible transport around the capital.
You can read the report here: http://www.london.gov.uk/publication/accessibility-transport-network-london
The Transport Committee is now seeking responses from older and disabled transport users, and organisations, on the report. This includes any further suggestions for measures that the Mayor and TfL could take to improve the accessibility of the transport network. Do you feel the report got their analysis of problems on the transport network right? Do you agree with their recommendations?
All written responses received will be reported, alongside the Mayor/TfL’s response, to the Committee to consider at its public meeting on 9 March, so please send your responses by Monday 28th February to ensure they are included on the agenda for the meeting. Any responses should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Laura Warren, 6th Floor, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA.
Mayor Boris Johnson, Chair of TfL, has now responded. You can read his response here: http://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Mayor%27s%20response%20to%20our%20report%20Feb%202011.pdf
It includes plans for integrating temporary platform humps and boarding ramps as part of the Olympic and Paralympic Games provision. Disappointingly though, it does not commit to the Report’s recommendations to introduce the use of manual ramps on parts of the Tube network, for example at terminating stations. The Mayor also said that TfL has plans to ‘facilitate dialogue’ between older and disabled people and those who deliver bus driver training, but failed to commit to involving older and disabled people in bus driver training directly.