Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, joined disability charity Leonard Cheshire to launch their new campaign calling on the Government to make sure that all transport operators provide accessible end-to-end journeys.
More than a third (35%) of disabled people of working ages say they have experienced problems using trains in the last year as a result of their disability, research commissioned by charity Leonard Cheshire has found.*
The findings of this nationally representative survey of disabled people aged 18-65 in the UK reveals the barriers faced when they attempt to travel by train. Issues faced include being unable to use train stations because of a lack of step-free access, to feeling trapped in the carriage, or not being made aware they are at the right stop.
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Andrew Gwynne said:
“I am delighted to get on board with Leonard Cheshire’s new transport campaign.
“Public transport is a vital part of life and the government must make it a priority to ensure all train operators provide accessible end-to-end journeys so disabled people are not excluded from employment opportunities or community life.”
Neil Heslop, Leonard Cheshire’s Chief Executive said:
“It’s unacceptable that in 2018 disabled people cannot travel independently and easily whenever they want to, and are missing out on employment, education and social opportunities.
“Government must address these fundamental issues affecting rail travel for disabled people.”
*ComRes interviewed 1,609 disabled adults in the UK, aged between 18 and 65, from 15th June to 10th July 2017. Data were weighted by age, gender and region to be nationally representative of disabled adults of working age in the UK. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.