Big infrastructure announcements throughout the country seem to be dominating the news these days, with schemes such as HS2, East West Rail, and Crossrail all making headlines. Step-free projects within London continue to progress at a slow and steady pace, while a new campaigned aimed at boosting level boarding on the railways on a national… Continue reading Large-Scale Approvals and Campaign Launches
Happy New Year everyone! Sorry for the long-overdue post, this year has started out very busy. Access-wise, the past few weeks have seen incredible level boarding progress mostly outside of London, with new level boarding trains for Greater Anglia and Merseyrail as well as tramway expansions for Birmingham and Manchester. Unfortunately, London’s own latest level… Continue reading Extensions, Delays, and Introductions
After an amazing holiday in Valencia, Spain earlier this month, I have come back to find many developments involving the future of the Underground’s most problematic lines. From controversial design choices to tube extensions and wide-scale redevelopments, we are starting to see the next challenges that TfL will seek to address folowing the eventually completion… Continue reading 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 city’s, and the Netherlands as a whole’s, successes in accessibility). However, back in the UK there have been several recent developments that will improve accessibility around London. From new step-free access at Gidea Park and… Continue reading 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 these is the earth-shattering launch of the new Stadler Rail trains. Although limited to rural Norfolk for the time being, these will become an invaluable standard for future rail accessibility. Moving back to London, the… Continue reading 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 at Waterloo, this month has had a surprising amount of positive news with regards to step-free access. From a newly step-free suburban station to ambitious revised plans in the heart of the Square Mile, we… Continue reading May Step-Free Achievements
I apologise for my infrequent posts this month, as I have been mostly focusing on updating the station descriptions on the SfL map. So far, all of Zone 1 is complete, as well as the Jubilee, Victoria, and Piccadilly lines. It is a very slow process but I hope to have it done by summer.… Continue reading 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… 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.
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… Continue reading Standard Trains vs. Non-Standard Platforms