Trailblazers’ End of the Line report on accessible public transport in the UK has received the network’s most extensive media coverage so far. The report, launched on 5 May 2009, has clearly captured the imagination and attention of the nation’s press and was covered by 12 national and regional tv and radio broadcasts.
ITV London Tonight, BBC Five Live News, BBC West Midlands News, and BBC Oxford to name but five broadcasters shared the report with viewers and listeners, and an interview with Trailblazers National Ambassaor Judith Merry featured on the MSN video site.
End of the Line also featured in the Times and the Guardian national newspapers and has grabbed the attention of many politicians and decision makers and transport operators. David Sindall of The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) joined Trailblazers at the launch and Transport for London have requested an opportunity to meet with Trailblazers and discuss the report’s findings.
The report launch took place at the House of Commons and was well supported by Trailblazers campaigners, MPs and Peers, who discussed the report’s findings and recommended future courses of action for the Inclusion Now campaign to improve accessibilty on public transport for disabled people.
Trailblazers David Gale, Judith and Laura Merry, James Lee, Stephen Liney and Kimberly Randle raised concerns and gave examples of the kinds of discrimination they have faced on public transport.
They were joined by Ruth Kelly MP, the former Minister for Transport and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Liberal Democrat MP, Norman Baker commended the Trailblazers’ report and welcomed the findings.
Dave Anderson MP, Chair of the Muscular Dystrophy All Party Parliamentary Group led the debate and Trailblazers Parliamentary Ambassador Jo Swinson tabled EDM 1419 on improving accessible public transport.