A very unpleasant experience for a wheelchair user at Clapham Junction

Blog by TfA member Chris. This blog and its content reflect the views of the author only.

Clapham Junction is a busy and important transport hub in South London, and I’m pleased to say that it has step-free access to all platforms, and wheelchair ramps on every platform.

But lifts and ramps are not enough to make a station disabled-friendly. The attitude and behaviour of the station staff matter hugely. Continue reading A very unpleasant experience for a wheelchair user at Clapham Junction

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Why the tube strike is good for disabled people

Unless you’ve really been avoiding the news, you’ll know that there was a tube strike this week, and whilst the vast majority of commuters made alternative arrangements and many others took to social media to complain about their lot – for those of us who are wheelchair users it was just another day in paradise. Right?

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Planned Rail Strike *UPDATED*

Network Rail is planning for fewer than one in 10 trains to run if next week’s strike goes ahead, with Gatwick airport cut off in a peak holiday week and British steel production being brought to a halt, leaked documents setting out its contingency plans show.

*UPDATED* – Strike now cancelled – read more here

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Travelling the world in a wheelchair

James Ballardie and his girlfriend set out to travel the world by wheelchair. Instead of researching wheelchair access facilities for each destination on their list they simply embrace the local facilities and go with the flow. So far they have been through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, the USA, Japan and South Korea, and to date it’s been remarkably straightforward — until they reached China that is:

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Are disabled footy fans short changed?

 

Are you disabled and a fan of ‘the beautiful game’ and have found yourself thinking out loud that your clubs support for their disabled fans falls woefully short? This article may well interest you.

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Euan’s Guide

Euan’s Guide features disabled access reviews from disabled people and their friends and families, we have a look to get the low down!

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Snow

Kiddies love it, commuters hate it, Britain never copes with it, but it’s here for most of us this morning.

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What does the snow mean for you as a disabled person? Does it mean you stop indoors completely? Does it mean the nightmare on public transport is even worse? Do you chuck on extra layers?

We’re interested to know how you cope with adverse weather conditions! Share your tips below, you may have a gem no one has ever thought of!

 

Bus rage!

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As the high court has announced its decision that wheelchair users do not have priority use of reserved space on buses, many disabled commuters are left feeling betrayed and even more marginalised.

But it isn’t just buses that there’s trouble, it is also trains – the assumption that society can be trusted on its own to act sensibly is rather utopian. It just doesn’t happen. Which is why we are calling for the law to be changed to protect disabled parking bays!! At least with the trains you can book a space – even if the disabled area is located near the doors and the toilets (who the hell had that idea?).  Continue reading Bus rage!