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Thursday, October 07, 2004

train accessibility for disabled passengers

Well, as I commute from Leicester to Birmingham most days, I have noticed a problem with the accessibility of trains for disabled people. The gap in between the train and the platform confronts the wheelchair user with a real problem, i.e. it is too large for the passenger to traverse over. This topic has been in the news headlines a lot over the past few days and I think that firms should make arrangements so that disabled people do not have to feel they are out of place. What the train operators could do is modify the opening mechanism of the train doors so that there is a built in ramp, which opens and provides access to the people.


  • Yea I know what you mean, I used to travel by train from Redditch and they had this ramp at the station so if you want to get on the train the train conductor would just set the ramp from the station to the door. The only problem with this was, once a disable person gets on, there is no way of getting them off unless there is a ramp that allows them to get off at the destination station.

    By Blogger The Inspired Blogger, at 7 October 2004 at 23:13  

  • yeh...i travel from gloucester to uni everyday and if there is a disabled passenger on board i see the railway staff getting the yellow ramp out. i guess they get forewarning of any such requirements...only problem with that is what if they wanna get off at an unmanned station like Bromsgrove!

    By Blogger Utills, at 12 October 2004 at 23:53  

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