TransPennine Express and Northern railway services are hosting a number of forums to help improve their services for passengers with disabilities.

The companies run trains between the north of England and Scotland, but at the moment passengers with disabilities are expected to give them up to 24 hours notice if they need assistance when travelling.

The first forum, held this month, was attended by disability charities Disability Rights UK, I Am Me Scotland and N-Vision.

This is in the run up to 44 new TPE trains being introduced between 2018 and 2020.

Campaigners across the UK have been pushing for railway companies to make their services more accessible, and they've welcomed the decision to run the forums.

It is re-assuring to know that the operators of both franchises in the North of England are keen to deliver inclusive and accessible travel for disabled people and those with reduced mobility.

Stephen Brookes MBE, transport lead for the Disability Action Alliance and the Office for Disability Issues