Lisa Nandy MP joins our fight for better access to public transport

This week I met with Lisa Nandy MP to talk to her about the debate she will be having in Parliament on Wednesday 12 October to talk about disabled access to public transport.

Lisa recently met with a group of young people with disabilities in her constituency and was shocked to hear about the difficulties they had accessing public transport, so she decided to host a debate in Parliament to explore the issue.  After talking to Paul Maynard MP, who is chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Young Disabled People, and hearing about the fantastic campaigns the Trailblazers have been running on improving access to public transport, she got in contact with us to find out more.

I outlined the key findings of Trailblazers ‘End of the Line’ campaign to help Lisa prepare for the debate:

  1. Wheelchair users have less choice when using public transport and as a result are forced to pay more than their non disabled peers.
  2. Young disabled passengers often feel like second class citizens on public transport through a combination of unreliable technology, poor disability awareness among staff and inaccessible stations.
  3. Young disabled passengers cannot always access the first bus, train or taxi that arrives at a station or stop.
  4. The Assisted Passenger Registration Service (24 hour advance booking) for trains restricts the spontaneity and independence of disabled passengers and fails to provide a reliable service that passengers have confidence in.
  5. Non-wheelchair users with mobility difficulties also faced serious problems when attempting to use buses and trains. Bus drivers often fail to park next to the kerb, meaning Trailblazers have a greater distance to climb into the bus. Drivers can pull away from stops too quickly before a passenger is seated and safe.
These are major issues which prevent many disabled people from enjoying full access to society and we’re really glad that Lisa is championing our campaign in Parliament!  You can watch the debate live from 2.30 – 4.00 pm on Tuesday 12 October, or read the transcript the next day on the Parliament website.
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