After an amazing holiday in Valencia, Spain earlier this month, I have come back to find many developments involving the … More Derogations, Consultations, and Exciting Holiday Destinations
Hello everyone, I am currently writing this post on a Eurostar train to Amsterdam (lengthy post to follow about the … More New Stations and New Funding
These past few weeks have brought bits of exciting news for accessible transport in the UK! The most impactful of … More Exciting Things are Coming!
Ignoring the glaring delays with the opening of Meridian Water station, now scheduled for 3rd June, and the never-ending work … More May Step-Free Achievements
I apologise for my infrequent posts this month, as I have been mostly focusing on updating the station descriptions on … More Access All Areas and Reading Musings
A few months ago, the London Assembly Transport Committee held a consultation aimed at investigating ways to improve London’s railway network to make it more efficient, more accessible, and fit-for-purpose. Not counting organisations, I was one of 11 members of the public to submit a written response to the consultation, which you can read in my previous post located here. Yesterday, the final report was finally released. While it does contain good recommendations to achieve a network that is reliable, welcoming, and that has metro-like frequencies, I found the report to be lacking in detail and its proposals for accessibility were far below what I expected.
Continue reading London Assembly Transport Committee Report
Fitting quite nicely with recent posts and discussions I’ve had regarding level boarding and the rail industry’s overall lack of interest in making widespread full step-free access a priority, there is now some suboptimal news on Crossrail 2’s accessibility.
Continue reading Ramps for Crossrail 2?
I must apologise for my absence the past few weeks. Partially, this is due to the fact that I recently got married (!) and spent the past week running around in preparation for what was a truly amazing day. The other part is that this summer has been disappointingly quiet with regards to new step-free stations, including delays at Victoria and most of the inaccessible stations on the eastern branch of TfL Rail. Nevertheless, I am delighted to see that level boarding has continued to make headlines, both good and bad, and gain momentum. As we get closer to the opening of the Elizabeth Line as well as the introduction of new low-floor Stadler Rail trains for Greater Anglia, Merseyrail, and the upcoming Wales & Borders franchise, more information on the exact nature of their accessibility will become known. Continue reading Standard Trains vs. Non-Standard Platforms
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. Continue reading DfT’s Inclusive Transport Strategy
This is the final part of the level boarding series, which aims to summarise and offer context to the existence of level boarding on London’s railways, as well set the stage for further dialog with the rail industry to lobby for its expansion.
If you have not read the previous posts of this series, you can find them here:
Introduction, Mainline, Underground Sub-Surface, Underground Deep Tube. Continue reading Level Boarding: Final Thoughts