London Assembly Transport Committee Consultation Response

Earlier this summer, the London Assembly Transport Committee launched a consultation asking interested parties to share their views on the future of rail in London, including how to improve rail capacity, frequency and reliability to make sure that the railways are fit-for-purpose in the coming decades. For me, this was an important opportunity to  voice my opinions, particularly those involving accessible transport. You can read my response below: (more…)

DfT’s Inclusive Transport Strategy

Today the Department for Transport released a report detailing the future development of accessible transport, with the ambitious goal that the UK’s transport network will offer equal access to disabled people by 2030. It covers a very broad spectrum of topics, including staff training, passenger rights, and investment in infrastructure. The publication can be read in its entirety here. (more…)

Calls for Full Step-Free Access at Brent Cross West

I was not planning on making a post about this, but after hearing it mentioned three separate times I thought it was necessary to address it. Earlier this week it was reported that plans for a new station in North London were being strongly criticised for having insufficient step-free access. Although the station will have lifts and step-free access to all platforms, like virtually all new stations on existing lines, it will not have step-free access to the train. The most interesting part in all of this is that it is being openly debated at all. Over the past few years, new stations such as Cambridge North, Lea Bridge, and Maghull North have all opened without level boarding without much fanfare. Could we be seeing a shift in the debate?  (more…)

Whitechapel Open Day

In preparation for the Elizabeth Line’s highly anticipated launch this December, Crossrail Ltd is holding a series of Open Days at each of the new stations. These have already been held at Custom House, Canary Wharf, Farringdon, and most recently, Whitechapel. Whitechapel’s event is so far the only one held on the weekend, and so I had the pleasure of checking out the colossal station.  (more…)