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. Continue reading DfT’s Inclusive Transport Strategy

Level Boarding: Final Thoughts

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

Level Boarding: Solutions for the Deep Tube Lines

Finishing up the blog series on level boarding, this post looks at the current state and future solutions regarding level boarding at the 7 Deep Tube lines on the London Underground. These lines are: Victoria, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly, Central, Bakerloo, and Waterloo & City (W&C). To see the introduction to this blog series, please refer to this post.  Continue reading Level Boarding: Solutions for the Deep Tube Lines

Level Boarding: Underground Introduction and Solutions for the Sub-Surface Lines

Welcome to the third part of my Level Boarding series, focusing on level boarding developments on the famous London Underground, starting with the four sub-surface lines. You can find the introductory post of the series here. Continue reading Level Boarding: Underground Introduction and Solutions for the Sub-Surface Lines

Level Boarding: Solutions for the Mainlines

On the last post, I outlined the history and the main challenges to achieving level boarding on London’s legacy railway systems. And so, the next few posts will look at solutions that are being considered in order to increase the provision of level boarding. Due to the nature of these solutions, cases outside of London will be examined to provide comparison. Unfortunately, the post will also highlight the reasons why level boarding will continue to be a very slow work in progress  unless there is a strong push from passengers and lawmakers to demand equal access for all instead of “turn up and hope.”  Continue reading Level Boarding: Solutions for the Mainlines

Level Boarding: Introduction

It is finally time to talk about the concept of level boarding, including its history, major factors and challenges, while also examining where level boarding exists and various solutions that could expand the provision of level boarding across London. I have talked about level boarding several times before when discussing degrees of step-free access, as level boarding is when wheelchair users are able to board a train without requiring any outside assistance, such as a manual boarding ramp. In an ideal world,  the interface between the train and the platform would look similar to that found in a lift, where the lift lines up seamlessly with the floors of the building.  Continue reading Level Boarding: Introduction