Paralympics boost disabled access to London bus and tube system

Wednesday, 26 December 2012
By Duncan Mackay

London 2012 accessible transportDecember 26 - London's tube and bus services are to be upgraded to make them more wheelchair friendly as a legacy of this year's Paralympics, it has been announced.

Transport for London (TfL) plan to spend £18 million ($29 million/€22 million) to make all bus stops accessible to disabled and older passengers, and drivers will be trained to help disabled people board services.

Step-free access will be introduced to 28 Tube and overground stations over the next decade, it is planned.

Manual boarding ramps to help wheelchair users onto trains, introduced at 16 tube stations for the Games, will remain in place.

London Transport manual ramps for tubeManual boarding ramps introduced on the Tube for the Paralympics are to be retained at key stations, TfL has announced.

TfL said the Paralympics had made it change its approach to disabled users, who make 1.3 million daily journeys in London.

"London now has the most accessible transport network in the country and one of the most accessible in the world," said London Mayor Boris Johnson.

"But it's not perfect and we must go further - that's why we're investing hundreds of millions of pounds and using the most imaginative solutions and the latest technology to take the accessibility of the transport network to the next level."

Contact the writer of this story at duncan.mackay@insidethegames.biz
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