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Mayor’s staff refuse to deliver accessible transport manifesto

Transport activists protesting outside City Hall on 20 March called for a world class accessible transport system for Deaf and disabled people.

27/03/2012

Faryal Velmi of Transport for All attempted to deliver the 5 top demands from their accessible transport manifesto to the Mayor, Boris Johnson, but City Hall staff refused permission.
The manifesto, supported by Inclusion London, calls for improvements to London transport system to enable Deaf and disabled people to travel across the capital. The 5 key demands are:

  • Implement penalties for bus companies which regularly fail to meet minimum standards in relation to access for wheelchairs; broken ramps; pulling into the kerb and giving passengers enough time to sit down
  • Ensure that at least a third of London’s Tube stations are step-free by 2018, including from platform to train
  • Restore all the staff axed from the Underground and ensure assistance is reliably available including on London Overground.
  • Lift the cap placed on TfL’s contribution to the Taxicard service
  • Committo a target of 100% of bus stops to be accessible by 2018

Jenny Jones, Green Candidate for Mayor of London in the May elections is supporting all 5 demands.

Mayor, Boris Johnson, who is standing for re-election as the Conservative candidate, did not attend the hustings jointly organised by Transport for All and Inclusion London where the manifesto was launched. On arriving at City Hall to deliver the manifesto Faryal Velmi said that ‘If Boris won’t come to us, we will go to Boris’.

Protestors were seen travelling from the hustings and protesting outside City Hall in the first of a series of reports on disabled people’s campaign for accessible transport shown on Channel 4 news on 26 March.  

To see the first ‘No Go Britain’ report go to: www.channel4.com/news/no-go-britain

More information is available about the hustings on our News page.