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Competition to create gadgets to help disabled people in London

A Dragons' Den style competition is being launched to encourage entrepreneurs to create gadgets to help the disabled. The government hopes the £400,000 competition will entice inventors to create new apps and gadgets that will assist disabled people at work, at home and on public transport.

Dan Biddle, who was severely injured by the July 7 terror bombings, went on to create a smartphone app to help disabled people find accessible pubs, restaurants and hotels in London.


Young people show their skills at 'Time to Shine'

Wheelchair basketball was one of the sports on offer. Credit: ITN

120 disabled young people from London went to Stoke Mandeville Stadium for the 'Time to Shine' event. They got to try out lots of different sports at the birthplace of the Paralympic Games.

Playing sitting volleyball. Credit: ITN
Having a go at judo. Credit: ITN
And how about archery? Credit: ITN


Steps to improve disabled access

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.

TfL promises to help disabled to use public transport

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.

TfL to take "accessibility to the next level"

Commuters queue for a packed rush hour tube train in central London. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Winning

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.

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