Transport for London has been setting out plans to make the capital's transport network easier to use for disabled passengers. The investment will improve accessibility to the bus network, and increase the number of stations with step free access.
Piers Hopkirk reports.
Transport for London has announced a range of measures to help disabled passengers.
- 28 Underground and Overground stations to be made step-free over the next 10 years. TfL expect the number of step-free Tube journeys will treble by 2021.
- More National Rail stations will also be made step-free.
- Manual ramps will be installed at more stations to allow passengers to board carriages.
- Spending £18m to ensure 95% of bus stops are easily accessible for wheelchairs by the end of 2016.
- Spending £50m to train bus drivers on assisting disabled passengers.
- Improving signs, maps and the TfL website so disabled passengers can find routes they can use.
Transport for London is promising to make major improvements to the transport system to help disabled passengers. Among the measures being taken are making more Tube and train stations step-free and making bus stops more accessible.
The Deputy Mayor for Transport Isabel Dedring said many disabled passengers need more advice and information on what facilities are available.
Mayor Boris Johnson and TFL will today outline a new plan to make London transport more accessible for disabled people.Today's programme will build on and expand existing projects to improve stations, stops and train with focus on access for disabled communters.
TfL says it wants to radically improve the information available to disabled passengers as they plan and makejourneys.