‘I have to plan for if I am stranded, if I am dropped, if my chair is damaged’: the perils of travelling while disabled | Disability | The Guardian


Using trains or planes can be fraught with difficulty and danger for disabled people, from being forgotten about at stations to being unable to use the toilet on long flights

 

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This all shows how ineffective and totally unsuitable the current equality legislation is and that it urgently needs to be made more effective, for nobody should have to undergo the indignities that disable people have to contend with when flying.

They like all passengers are paying for a full service and not the diminished service they are currently receiving for they are undergoing indignities no one should have to and then being blamed for inconveniencing others, when it is the service being given which is at fault.

The airline industry should be ashamed for the service being given to disabled people. They have rights which are being ignored.

They are being told to wait for assistance, which should be there ready and waiting for them and in sufficient numbers so no one is left waiting. in doing so all passengers will be able to leave the planes at similar times.

But, I see this everywhere; like persons in wheelchairs being refused travel on buses because the driver says there is no room, but there is for passengers not in wheelchairs. Then being asked to wait for the next, but who says the next will be any different or the next and so on.

Transport should be made so that all passengers are to be treated equally. But it is the same with taxis, why should persons in wheelchairs have to order special taxis that accommodate wheelchairs, when legislation should be stating that all taxis should be made to accommodate all passengers, if not they can’t be used as  taxis.

Equality should mean equality.

Source: ‘I have to plan for if I am stranded, if I am dropped, if my chair is damaged’: the perils of travelling while disabled | Disability | The Guardian

Morning Call: Can’t We Strike a Deal? | The New Statesman


To strike or not to strike, well that is the question. But, is it easy to answer for it all depends on who you believe, for it could be that each party is exaggerating the areas in question.

It is true that inflation has begun to rise, now 9.1% from the similar period last year, so say, a 3% salary increase would be, in real terms’ a wage cut. It is also said that due to COVID and persons working from home there has been a reduction in rail travel of say, 20% and by striking this reduction could well increase and be hard to recover, especially in the short term.

The government could do more for all UK workers by bringing in tax cuts to Income tax, thereby increasing net pay, by reducing the rate of VAT, which would reduce, to some extent, the costs of goods and services, but would mean there would be less revenue for the Government, thereby to recover this shortfall some Government spending could have to reduced, which could lead to some services being reduced, especially those funding by Local Authorities, as, to a large extent the Government funds Local Authorities. But there are other services and organisations which are funded by the Government, including the Police, the armed services, the NHS, etc., so funding could have to be cut to these organisations and services.

With the railways some alterations to working conditions could be a solution to save on costs and release more money for salaries, as there are some restrictive practices. Some of these are relating to work processes before modernisations or automations were made, such as ticket machines instead of ticket booking offices. But the Unions appear to be against alterations affecting the reductions in the workforce due to these modernisations and automations, so staff are effectively having less to do. There are also possible future automations, such as driverless trains, automated track inspections, automated signaling and others.

But there is something which has not been mentioned to any large degree and that is the large pay gap from the lowest paid workers to that of the highest paid workers, of which the highest would be the Chief Executives, so the highest paid could have there salaries restricted to a certain percentage increase above that of the lowest paid.

Much needs to be looked at and nothing should be off the table, including compulsory arbitration on all parties, with strikes being not required.

Source: Morning Call: Can’t We Strike a Deal? – The New Statesman

Disabled passenger stranded on Manchester Airport plane for hours calls POLICE to be rescued – Manchester Evening News


‘I felt like I was being held hostage so I had no other option but to call the police’

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This is a disgraceful state of affairs and it is not an isolated incident for another disabled passenger was left on a plane at Gatwick.

As is stated the airport authorities would have been well aware that assistance was required as the planes captain would have radioed ahead that assistance was required. Even 10 – 15 minutes would be too long to wait for the required assistance should have been there as the plane landed so that the disabled passenger would be the first off the plane rather than the last.

Yet again disability discrimination which should not be countenanced. Equality should be there aways.

Source: Disabled passenger stranded on Manchester Airport plane for hours calls POLICE to be rescued – Manchester Evening News

Disability advocate Janet Curtain left stranded on train platform after V/Line failed to provide accessible carriage – ABC News


Despite booking ahead for an accessible train carriage home to Melbourne, Janet Curtain was forced to wait three hours for a taxi in a situation she says is happening to others as well.

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Transport as should all services, be there for everyone, but in many instances it is not for at least one section of the community, not just in one country, but virtually every country, and that community is the community of persons with disabilities. They too are part of the country in which they reside and should not be seen as second class, and in fact in many instances no class. They are and should be treated as equal partners in every aspect, but in many instances they are not and they feel as tough they do not belong and with certain peoples attitudes it goes even further, that is that they should not belong.

It is not their disability that is a barrier, but attitudes of Governments and certain people within those countries. This has to change and should have changed many years ago.

 

Source: Disability advocate Janet Curtain left stranded on train platform after V/Line failed to provide accessible carriage – ABC News

Is The UK’s Travel Red List Really A ‘Black List’? | HuffPost UK Life


African countries face restrictions following the Omicron outbreak. Young British people are questioning what’s really going on.

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This is a point well made, but many will say, it is just making ‘waves’ when there are no waves to make, but everything mentioned is fact.

South Africa wasn’t the first country to have Omicron, The Netherlands were, but South Africa was the first country to report it, so why as The Netherlands not been put on the ‘Red List’ who is going to provide the answer, for if no answer is not forthcoming then, I feel this adds weight to the ‘African’ discrimination. and being a ‘Black’ List.

Source: Is The UK’s Travel Red List Really A ‘Black List’? | HuffPost UK Life

London Bus Driver Refused To Take My Disabled Daughter


Persons with disabilities and their families have already so much to contend with, that discrimination by bus drivers is adding to their problems.

Not only should the transport authority, TfL in this instance be fined, but also actions should be taken against the respected bus drivers, then and only then will they take their responsibilities on-board.

Training is one aspect, but if the drivers think they will get away with it then some will, it should also go on their employment record.

There is already insufficient space on many forms of transport, as some only have one wheelchair space, when there should be at least 2 or more.

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A woman says she was left feeling “ridiculed and belittled” by a bus driver who refused to let her young disabled daughter board.

Mother-of-five Tameika Pieternella often travels by bus in Abbey Wood, south-east London, with two-year-old D’Naiyah, who has brain damage.

She says the driver would not get out a ramp for her daughter’s buggy-style wheelchair, while another simply drove off, leaving them at the bus stop.

Transport for London has apologised.

Louise Cheeseman, TfL’s director of bus operations, said: “We are very sorry that Ms Pieternella and her daughter have experienced this.

“We would like to reassure her that making travel easier for Londoners with reduced mobility is one of our top priorities. We have one of the most accessible bus networks in the world and all bus routes are served by low-floor vehicles with an access ramp and dedicated space for wheelchair users.

“Bus drivers have received…

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Government imposes new restrictions to fight Omicron as first cases found in UK | Coronavirus | The Guardian


Masks made mandatory in shops and on buses and trains, while new arrivals must take PCR tests

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The wearing of masks in shops and on buses and trains was never officially withdrawn, but the mandatory aspect was. However, some transport operatives made their own rules, such as, Transport for London, where they stated it was a requirement to travel on their buses and the Tube, but was it ever legally enforceable. Perhaps it was not, but the public should have respected the wishes of the operators.

In other parts of the UK, except England, Scotland and others did retain the mandatory aspect. I feel it was a grave mistake from Boris Johnson, one of many, when the mandatory aspect was withdrawn. For those not wearing masks are not acting with respect to their fellow travellers.

In fact, in many aspects social distancing should also have been retained.

The coming of Omicron is a great worry, as should be the coninuance of COVID in England, but this appears to nhave been ignored by many in England, so please do not ignore Omicron, for if you do Lockdowns will have to be reimposed. In fact, the reimposition has never gone away and would always be brought in, but perhaps, too late, as other measurers have been.

At least, the mandatory reintroduction was not delayed and the travel restrictions also.

Yes, we have to learn to live with COVID, but not at the expense of lives lost. Lives are much more important than refusing to live with a few restrictions. So accept the restrictions and in doing so save lives.

The same is also relevant in having the COVID vaccinations and where eligible the COVID booster and any others which will come along.

 

Source: Government imposes new restrictions to fight Omicron as first cases found in UK | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Furious northern leaders demand free vote on slashed rail plans | The Independent


‘Everybody in the north is getting a bargain-basement solution’ says South Yorkshire mayor Dan Jarvis

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Once again the North is getting less than promised and the East even more so than the West.

For the West is getting the full HS2 while the East is getting none and the Midlands is also getting everything. But neither the West or the East are getting HS3.

If this was London and the South both would have been proceeded with, for the South get while the North does not.

This is no where ‘levelling up’, the North have been the poor relations of the South for far too long and the West has always been better treated that the East. This is expressly so for the Old Midland line from Leeds through Sheffield down to London. For under British Rail it was always subjected to Third Hand rolling stock, no Electrification and much more while the West received. Only with the arrival of EMR was there new rolling stock, station improvements and others, etc

Network Rail the public arm of the railways are still not as ‘fit for purpose’ as they should be, which HS2 would have solved, but will the watered down version be.

From past experience I doubt it.

 

Source: Furious northern leaders demand free vote on slashed rail plans | The Independent

HGV driver shortage: remote-controlled lorries could prevent future logistical nightmares


‘Teleoperated’ HGVs combine the efficiency of automation with the safety of human oversight.

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Much needs to be done and remote controlled lorries could be eventually a solution, but safety has to be paramount. Also remote control yes, but who would then unload the lorries, surely that would require additional staff at the point of delivery, so is it financially viable?

Source: HGV driver shortage: remote-controlled lorries could prevent future logistical nightmares

HS2 minister fails to rule out that eastern leg between Leeds and Birmingham will be scrapped | Yorkshire Post


The minister in charge of HS2 failed to rule out that the eastern leg will be scrapped.

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The whole HS2 project has been and still is a Love and Hate project for many due to various opinions and various degrees of opinions.

Whether this is a good or bad project I will leave to others, but what I wish to look at is both the North/South divide and then the West/East divide.

Take the North/South there is a vast difference in investment both potential and actual over many years and while objections and supportive comments are always submitted on the the projects, it does feel that in more cases than not the South Projects seem to move forward and are completed, while this does not seem so for those in the North.

I can remember many years ago that with the Euro line there was to be a link to the North which for one reason or another did not take place. But the South, especially around London have had Cross Rail for one and many upgrades and new projects re the London underground.

As to the West/East there was the rail electrification where the West Coast  was electrified but not the old Midlands line from St Pancras to Leeds was not, but investment was made to the Kings Cross to Newcastle.

So even in the East, the Middle misses out as it may well do so re HS2 and where is the mention of HS3.

Source: HS2 minister fails to rule out that eastern leg between Leeds and Birmingham will be scrapped | Yorkshire Post