DISABLED rail passengers will be put in danger if conductors are no longer present on Scotland's trains, a trade union has warned.
Brian Seaman's insight:
Some people see this as a precursor to the next move - to remove staff from trains and stations - leaving a driver only; no platform staff and more chance of not being able to gain access to and from the train easily in the future? Are the unions right?
Footage shows Charles Bloch, with guide dog Carlo and partner Jessica Graham, trying to get in the taxi in Leicester before being told by the driver that he will 'not take the dog' because of religion.
An audit conducted by Svayam, a Jindal-Saw supported foundation, of the new rail coaches meant for the disabled people, reveals that despite their paying capacity, differently-abled face inconvenience.
Disabled comedian Francesca Martinez today backed a campaign to improve accessibility on the railways. Martinez, who describes herself as a “wobbly woman” due to mobility problems caused by cerebral palsy, said the changes could improve journeys for millions of passengers. Network Rail, which runs the UK’s rail infrastructure and many of the bigger stations, has recruited London Olympics accessibility expert Margaret Hickish to ensure its work to renovate and rebuild stations considers the needs of all passengers at the outset.
A few years ago, I needed to travel from Worcester to London and booked a seat on British Rail. I mentioned that I was visually impaired and needed help. I was told to call a certain number as I approached the boarding station.
If you have the ability to move, even if it is from a wheelchair to an airline seat, you may not have realized that airline travel is not an option for those individuals whose cannot make the transition.
TransLink will spend up to $5 million to equip its SkyTrain stations with special stand-alone gates for disabled passengers who are physically unable to use the Compass card to tap into the transit system.
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