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An alert from FixMyTransport.com tells me that there’s now a new and prominent sign taxi drivers to keep the right-hand lane of the slip road clear, so that blue badge holders can access the disabled parking bays.
You may remember the problems with accessing these parking bays because of taxis stopped in the taxi rank.
The wider issue of assistance given to disabled passengers was recently highlighted by Lib Dem London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, in the context of support at Heathrow Airport. She said:
Heathrow airport is the gateway for people coming to London, if not the UK. If disabled people are facing a poor service travelling through this airport it can send out a terrible message about the status of disabled people in London and throughout the country. In the year that London hosted the most successful Paralympic Games ever to be held we should be moving forward in the delivery of accessible transport, from the tube to international air travel.
According to the notes from the September Raynes Park community fourm,
[Network Rail] has agreed to clear more than 200 tonnes of material from the embankment in October. They will also be painting the railings. There will be a programme to lengthen the platforms in 2013 starting with platforms 1 and 4 in January lasting 4 weeks and then 2 and 3 in July.
Which is good news. However, despite promising some form of response to our complaints raised in March about the state of other bits of Network Rail-owned land in Merton, there still hasn’t been any sort of reply.
I oppose all Wimbledon Loop services terminating at Blackfriars without adequate mitigation being provided for passengers wishing to travel beyond Blackfriars. Network Rail must ensure that whatever solution they adopt does not compromise the capacity and reliability of the railway once the Thameslink project is complete.
Mayor’s Question Time written answers, 17.10.2012, p 18.
You can see more here.
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.