Transport for London (TfL) said it will make 70% of the capital’s bus stops step free by spring 2013.
The tube will also see an overhaul to make it more accessible to the disabled, with 28 stations going step free. TfL say that the £18m investment will make 70% cent of bus stops accessible next year and and at least 95% by the end of 2016.
Disabled passengers have had a pretty raw deal on public transport. TfL had to make a point of issuing advice to bus drivers on allowing wheelchairs aboard while some shameful stories emerged of discrimination, abuse and even assault suffered by the disabled when trying to use public transport.
The improvements are part of TfL’s 10 year business plan, revealed earlier this month. TfL say that more than 1.3m journeys are made by disabled passengers every day and they anticipate this to increase to 189m by 2021. See TfL’s step free map here, or a slightly easier one to read here.
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