Railway stations, access for disabled travellers
A friend alerted me to this article from the Independent.
It describes how funding to improve access for disabled passengers at railway stations is being slashed. The United Kingdom considers itself to be a civilised country but so many train stations are not disabled friendly, they are inaccessible?
I won’t paraphrase the article. Instead I will chuck in a few of my own thoughts.
Who else uses disabled access?
Providing access at railway stations for the disabled helps a huge range of people, as well as giving assistance for the disabled. Here are a few examples. How does a single parent cope with a baby in a buggy? How does an able bodied elderly person cope when travelling with a heavy suitcase? How does a musician cope when carrying a double bass musical instrument?
Some stations are being changed
I could easily think of lots more examples but I will not bore you. I do understand that expenditure or spending at the moment needs to be looked at very carefully. Disabled people want to return to work but how is this possible when so many railway stations used for commuting do not have step free access? Some of the railway stations that do not have step free access are astonishing.
Ways round the problem
I live in Berkhamsted, London Midland is the train line serving the town; the station will soon be step free as will Hemel Hempstead. Even so there are still several stations on this London Midland line that are used by many commuters that will still not be step free; stations such as Tring, Bushey and Kings Langley There are alternative actions so the disabled can still travel to these stations but it means using taxis that are paid by the train company.
A matter of priority
Yes there are many important services that are not getting the funds they would like and it is all a matter of priority. I do feel that disabled access at railway stations will help so many more people than just the disabled. There are many hidden benefits and in the grand scheme of things it does not require very much money.
What is your take?
Should funding to make stations accessible be reduced? Do please tell me what you think. Use the comments section below
Article in the Independent The article that prompted me to write this post