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UK: Cuts threaten travel for disabled and elderly people

Posted 31/8-10 at 14.39

Transport for All campaigns for a fully accessible, reliable and affordable transport network. It is extremely concerned about reports that cuts are planned of over 7,400 hours of ticket office staffing every week. This they say will have a disastrous impact on the freedom and independence of disabled and older Londoners.

Many disabled people simply cannot use automatic ticket machines, and without a staffed ticket office, will effectively be barred from the tube.

The presence of station staff is also crucial in making people feel safe. Every day, tube staff support disabled and elderly people to buy tickets, advise on routes, manage stairs and escalators and to board trains. Lack of staff is a particularly serious concern during service disruptions and emergencies.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/aug/30/travel-cuts-disabled-older-people

 

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