No more transport nightmares
20 May 2019
80 per cent of disabled people can sometimes feel stressed on public transport. Don’t you think that’s shocking? But soon it could be ‘all change’ – thanks to you.
Here Charles, Shona and Richard tell you their own transport horror stories.
Charles: “The knowledge gap needs fixing – and fast”
Charles finds travelling the most frustrating part of his day: “Without public transport, I’d be a constant burden. I’m partially sighted, so I’d always be asking people for lifts. But travelling on the bus makes me stressed and anxious, and drivers don’t know how to assist me.”
Shona: “Travelling can be very scary and dangerous”
Shona uses public transport most days: “I spend so much time planning my train journeys, like booking assistance. Often the assistance doesn’t even arrive. Once I was stuck on the platform for hours, because the lift was broken. It shows how far from equality we still are.”
Richard: “No access, no communication, no apology”
Richard needs to travel around the UK for work: “One time I booked train tickets and assistance in advance, then arrived at the station to be told it wasn’t wheelchair accessible. I waited an hour for a taxi to the next station, so I missed all my connections!”
You’re demanding that everyone gets on board with change
We’ve launched a bold new campaign to make public transport more equal and accessible – and you made it happen. With your support, we’ve been asking disabled people about the barriers they face when travelling – and the commitments they would like to see from transport companies. We’re going to demand that transport companies and the government take all this information on board – making public transport easier and fairer for disabled people.
Full steam ahead towards inclusive transport, thanks to you
It is possible to have a transport network that’s open to all. We’re not there yet, but we can get there. When we arrive, you won’t have been a passenger on our journey towards inclusivity. You’ll have been driving us forward. Thank you so much.
20 May 2019