Transport For All Voices Serious Concerns About Tube Cuts Plan

Transport For All, an organisation which champions the cause of accessible transport in the capital, has voiced serious concerns about London Underground's cuts plan.

The organisation of disabled and older people said of the plans to shut all ticket offices and cut nearly a thousand workers:

"Many disabled and older people, including those with a learning difficulty; visually impaired people and those who are simply unfamiliar with computers could find it difficult or impossible to use ticket machines – especially when making more complicated requests, such as registering a Disabled Person’s Railcard to an Oyster."

The article written today cites the difficulties faced, and concerns of people with a range of disabilities.

Jeff Harvey, a TfA member from Brent uses the Tube frequently. He said:

“Staff not only need to be visible, but they also have to be available to help. I use a power wheelchair and a ventilator. Often I cannot speak loudly and I cannot reach out to operate a ticket machine or swipe my card to open a gate. If a member of staff is dealing with something and isn’t right by the barrier, getting their attention can be difficult for me. With a ticket office, there is always a person in a known location, who I can communicate with."

Read the Transport For All article here.