On the 28th April 2017, Transport for All protested at eight inaccessible stations across London, calling on all parties to commit to restoring funds for Rail Access projects in the city.
The eight stations were promised step-free upgrades as part of the Network Rail Access for All scheme. However, £50m worth of funding for the scheme has now been deferred – delaying nearly two thirds of London’s Access for All projects by up to five years.
Britain was found to have one of the least accessible rail networks in Europe by a recent Commission report; with just 1/5 stations having step-free access.
The protest were lead by our fantastic volunteer-organisers Anahita Harding, Jamie McCormick, Paula Peters, Alan Benson and Jeff Harvey and supported by partner organisations across the city (such as LDC, Bromley XbyX).
Alan Benson, Chair of Transport for All (1) says: “The current state of rail access in the UK simply isn’t acceptable. All the parties must commit to restoring Access for All funding, and ensuring that our railways are open to everyone.“
The protests are part of Transport for All’s Rail Access Now campaign. Earlier this month the campaign took to the street demanding that Southern Rail reverse its decision to withdraw Turn up and Go assistance from at least 33 stations across their network.
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For those who weren’t able to make it to the protest there are still plenty of ways you can help the campaign.