Transport for All and Inclusion London held a Mayoral question time event on the South Bank yesterday attended by representatives of the four main parties.
The event marked the official launch of our Accessible Transport Manifesto 2012.
Mayoral candidates Ken Livingstone, Brian Paddick and Jenny Jones came to answer the questions of disabled and older Londoners. Unfortunately Boris Johnson did not attend, but sent London Assembly member Richard Tracey in his place.
The audience quizzed the canidates on issues such as bus and bus stop accessibility and penalties for drivers, scrapping of step-free Tube programme and blue badge.
There were also sections on housing, health, and crime.
As a result of publishing our manifesto and hosting the hustings, we are pleased to see that our demands have been picked up by the Mayoral candidates and included in their manifestos.
Boris Johnson’s Manifesto includes plans to lobby the train companies to extend the Freedom Pass for use on suburban rail before 9:30am
Ken Livingstone’s Transport Manifesto includes several of our key demands, such as making one third of stations step-free by 2016, lifting the cap placed on TfL’s contribution to Taxicard and bring forward plans to make 100% of bus stops accessible.
Jenny Jones’ Accessibility Manifesto includes plans to make one third of tubes staions step free and all bus stops accessible by 2018.
Brian Paddick also mentions increasing tube station accessibility in his Manifesto.
The transcript of the Older and Disabled Person’s hustings is available here, including what candidates promised from the platform.
Transport for All were later joined by members and activists outside City Hall as we took our key demands to the current Mayor, as he didn’t attend the hustings. Our demonstration was featured on Channel 4 news as part of their No Go Britain campaign, and can be viewed here.