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Faryal Velmi from Transport For All says the ramps help unlock the capital for many people in wheelchairs.
Inorder to provide level access between the platform and the trains, LondonUnderground, in recent years, has successfully installed platform humps at anumber of stations and we now have boarding ramps at 35 key locationsacross the network.
However, Kilburn station was not one of these because the platforms are higher than the train, which means that the current design of ramp is not suitable. We are keen to improve on the work that has already been done to improve accessibility across the transport network and we are actively investigating what can be done to resolve this issue at Kilburn.
Transport for London introduced more Manual Boarding Ramps (MBRs) on some platforms during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. They enable wheelchair and scooter users to get over the gap between the train and the platform.
Kilburn station borrowed an MBR from nearby Willesden Green station and used it for several months. However, it was suddenly removed because of apparent safety issues.
One year on from the Paralympics a hundred organisations across London have pledged to get more disabled people into sport.
The Downs Syndrome Association is the latest charity to sign up to the Mayor's Inclusive and Active 2 scheme, aimed at making sport in the capital more accessible.
Since it's inception, the project has helped 25,000 disabled Londoners to get into sport.
Alongside this, a report by the charity Turning Point released today reveals that a third of Brits said the Paralympics helped them to have a more positive image of those with a learning disability.
Take a look at the kind of thing Anne Wafula Strike will be facing when she attempts the Tough Mudder challenge next month. Obstacles on the extreme 10 mile course include ice baths, fire, wire cages and 10,000 volt electricity.
Anne is aiming to be the first person in Europe to complete the course in a wheelchair, in order to raise money for AbleChildAfrica and her own charity the Olympia Wafula Foundation.
British Paralympic wheelchair racer, based in Harlow
Born in Mihuu, Kenya, and moved to the UK in 2004
Anne contracted polio at the age of two and was later diagnosed with below T7 paralysis
She began wheelchair racing in 2002
In 2004 she became the first Kenyan wheelchair racer to represent her country, competing in the T53 400m finals at the Athens Paralympics
Gained British citizenship in 2006 and became a member of Team GB
Her disability has been reclassified and she now competes in the T54 racing category
- In 2007 she was officially recognised by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception for her work as a disabled athlete and for involvement in charity work for people with disabilities
- She narrowly missed a place in the London 2012 Paralympics, but was a torchbearer, carrying the Olympic flame past London Zoo
In one month, Paralympic wheelchair racer Anne Wafula Strike will become the first person in Europe ever to attempt the 'Tough Mudder' challenge in a wheelchair.
Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by the Special Forces. The obstacles include such feats as crossing through burning firewood, ice baths, and dangling 10,000 volt electric wires.
Anne wants to complete the challenge to raise money for her own charity, the Olympia Wafula Foundation, and also AbleChildAfrica, which aims to promote the realisation of equal rights for disabled children and their families in Africa.
A year ago this week the Paralympics arrived in London. Much like the Olympics we had no idea what to expect. But after such a special Games could they match the magic, excitement and passion? Well they did.
But, a year on, has that feel-good factor made a difference for those who face a daily struggle to get around the city. Luke Hanrahan investigates.