“Leave a Paralympics Legacy Too” [updated]
Letter published in the Evening Standard:
Transport for London are right to be concerned about some of the congestion challenges that the capital will face during the Paralympic Games, especially following the brilliant news that ticket sales have been so high. (‘Transport warning as Paralympics clash with start of new school term’ 21 August 2012).
However, there is actually an even more important transport issue that faces the Mayor and Transport for London.
If we are proud to host the Paralympics we must ensure that permanent improvements to access to transport are secured for disabled people. One small step would be ensuring that this Summer’s initiative of providing ‘temporary’ ramps at 16 Tube stops becomes permanent. It would be shameful if these ramps were removed as soon as the Paralympics are ended.
Caroline Pidgeon AM
Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group
Update: on 31 August, it was announced that TfL will try to keep and even expand a network of accessible ramps for disabled passengers.