A lack of step-free access at tube and rail stations and bus stops which don’t meet full accessibility criteria are excluding “more than one in 10 Londoners” from public transport services.
That’s the finding of a new report by the London Assembly Transport Committee which is calling on Transport for London to do more to ensure all transport modes are fully accessible to Londoners with mobility impairments.
Warning that the number of Londoners with reduced mobility is set to continue, Assembly Members have set out a list of “relatively low-cost” measures, including providing manual ramps at some Tube stations, providing detailed accessibility information on TfL’s Journey Planner and providing more publicity about who is entitled to use the accessibility bay on buses
Committee chair Val Shawcross said it was “simply unacceptable” that many Londoners were unable to access the capital’s public transport network.
Shwacross added: “Despite funding pressures, we believe there are measures that could be put in place, reasonably cheaply and quickly, that would dramatically improve the transport experience for people with reduced mobility.”
The report, Accessibility of the transport network, is available to download from london.gov.uk