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Disabled access to public transport 'worse than before 2012'

Midnight_Caller
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Disabled access to public transport 'worse than before 2012'

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Disabled access to public transport 'worse than before 2012' claims Paralympics star

A new surbet by the charity Whizz-Kidz says transport issues left many young people feeling excluded from job opportunities or accessing health and education services
Two in three young wheelchair users don’t use buses and trains because of poor access, a charity said today.
Improvements during the 2012 Paralympic Games had been lost and some public transport services were worse, it claimed.
The seven to 24-year-olds told Whizz-Kidz they were not as independent as they would like to be.
Many were being excluded from job opportunities or put off using health and education services.
Paralympian and charity patron Hannah Cockroft said: “During the Games people felt confident. Things have gone backwards.”
Almost half of disabled young people said their main issue is having areas on public transport which are not accessible to them.
Just under a fifth said they had experienced a lack of support when travelling, and 12% said the biggest problem was a negative attitude from staff and passengers.
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Re: Disabled access to public transport 'worse than before 2012'

why survey people under the age of 18 about their ability to get to work ? why survey such a tiny fraction of those in wheelchairs in that age bracket ?
totally ignoring the glaring spelling mistakes this sounds more like a failing charity trying to drum up some support and recognition and take a stab at a few cases where problems have become apparent because of a handful of incidents that happened to loan travellers, I don't disagree with the notion that public transport is sadly lacking in its general ability to provide for or cope with the needs of a disabled person and that is a situation largely created by some staff members failing to do their jobs properly but that doesn't mean all of them are the same, its also amusing to use the Olympics as a stand point, I quite often hear people muttering, asking the same question, "if so and so can do what they did in the Olympics why cant you do it too "  in the run up to 2012 a lot more people were generally disabled friendly, in the wake of the games and other events showcasing what some people have achieved far more people apply the logic that if one person can achieve such lofty goals then so can the rest if they weren't so lazy (they always totally miss the point that its the same for non disabled people, and not everyone can actually do the same things)
but like many things its a generalisation that is quite damaging for both those making the statements and to those who they apply the brush which far from driving positive change will be far more likely to have a further negative impact
just because your paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you
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Re: Disabled access to public transport 'worse than before 2012'

Clearly the disabled will suffer more as a result of this but Lancashire County Council is to withdraw all public funding for transport services due to massive cuts of 20 million pounds over 5 years, this means that many rural bus services will cease so those with no other means of transport or to ill or elderly to drive will be stuck in rural areas.
The privatised bus company has no interest in providing services as they run at a loss, add to that redundancy for 360 staff, library closures and other cuts it makes a joke of the promised power house of the north.