Train companies are facing possible legal action over their failure to ensure that replacement bus services are accessible to wheelchair-users and other rail passengers with mobility impairments.
A leading disabled campaigner believes that access and equality laws mean most rail replacement buses – used when companies scrap train services because of engineering works or other disruption – should be accessible to disabled passengers.
But he says that a significant proportion of rail replacement services are completely inaccessible.
He also says that the rail industry is failing to publish information about the accessibility of rail replacement services.
In a year in which the rail network has repeatedly been hit by disruption to services, the need for accessible rail replacement buses has been overlooked by most campaigners, despite the substantial extra barriers faced by disabled passengers when their journeys are disrupted.
But accessible public transport campaigner and wheelchair-user Doug Paulley, from Yorkshire, is now considering launching a legal action against a rail company, after accusing the industry of repeated breaches of the Equality Act.
Source: Train companies could face court over inaccessible rail replacement buses | DisabledGo News and Blog
By Raya Al Jadir Disabled transport campaigners have called on three train companies to remove blanket bans that prevent all scooter-users from using their services. To mark the campaign, members of the user-led campaigning organisation Transport for All (TfA) took part on Tuesday in a musical conga through Victoria station in London. They presented a letter to a manager of Gatwick Express, which does not allow any scooters onto its older 442-type trains* – because of its single doors and narrower ramps – unless they can be folded up and taken on as hand-luggage. The action was led by scooter-user Gina Vettese, who is taking legal action against another rail company, Northern Rail, over its blanket ban, following an incident as she returned from a trip to visit her family in Morecambe last Christmas. Vettese faced few problems on the journey to Morecambe from Lancaster, but on the return trip she was told she would not be allowed on the train unless she folded her scooter and carried
Source: Blanket scooter bans on trains must end, say conga-dancing campaigners | DisabledGo News and Blog