Cuts turn transport into no-go zone for disabled

Published on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 15:11
Written by Sinead Fynes Black

RMT response to Transport Select Committee report on disabled access to transport services released this morning. 

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“RMT welcomes this report which rams the message home to the Government that disabled access to transport services is already poor and will get a whole lot worse if they don’t pull back from their plans to axe 14,000 guards, station and ticket office staff under their McNulty rail review. Bus services, often the local transport lifeline, also face decimation under this Government. 
“The report sends a specific warning to London Mayor Boris Johnson that his personal plans to axe station staff and close ticket offices will turn poor access for disabled passengers on London Underground into no access at all.
“Both the Government and the London Mayor are embarking on cuts policies on transport services that will turn them into a total no-go zone for disabled people by adopting plans that are blatantly discriminatory.
“The core point of this report could not be clearer:
“Making physical improvements to stations also doesn’t take away from the importance of having staffed stations to help all travellers make safe and secure journeys,”

“RMT will work with disability groups to ensure that this report is used to the full as a campaigning tool as we fight the cuts plans which will leave people with disabilities effectively barred from transport services.”

Source: RMT

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