This week I met with disability charity Leonard Cheshire to talk about their #LetsGetOnBoard campaign which aims to ensure that our train services provide accessible, end-to-end travel that meets the needs of people with disabilities.
As a former Minister for Disabled People, I know the difficulties that many disabled people face when trying to access good quality public transport and the steps that we can take to improve it.
According to the charity’s research, more than a third (35%) of people with disabilities experience problems when travelling on our railways. It is not enough to make a journey possible. Complicated and disruptive travel adds unnecessary stress, and for disabled people this can make travelling particularly difficult.
The Government needs to do more to make sure all trains and stations have the facilities necessary to make sure every journey is accessible from start to finish, so that disabled people can live as independently as they choose. That’s why I’m proud to be supporting this campaign.