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  • #74328
    No Go Britain

    Last night’s C4 News ran a report (the first of a series) by Katie Razzall on the problems faced by disabled people using public transport in the UK. Featuring Dame Tanni:
    http://www.channel4.com/news/how-paralympian-tanni-grey-thompson-had-to-crawl-from-train

    And don’t get me started talking about the buses…

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    #85075
    Re: No Go Britain

    @petered wrote:

    And don’t get me started talking about the buses…

    With you on that, and it is has company, trains, taxi’s, pavements, kerbs and road cambers, shops with door bumps, ….. ….. ….. :evil:

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    #85076
    Re: No Go Britain

    More from the C4 News series:

    http://www.channel4.com/news/no-go-britain-disabled-passengers-stranded-and-lost

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    #85077
    Re: No Go Britain

    C4 News today are asking for tweets from disabled people using public transport. So any twitterers who are out and about might like to look here:
    http://www.channel4.com/news/no-go-britain-the-twitter-travel-trial

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    #85078
    Re: No Go Britain

    C4 News reported last night, in their No Go Britain series, about disabled access to public transport in London, which the authorities are saying is all geared up and ready for the influx of people for the Olympics and Paralympics. From the experience of the people featured not all seems so easy:

    http://www.channel4.com/news/no-go-britain-puts-olympics-travel-to-the-test

    Note Louise in her powered wheelchair, helped onto the train on the Piccadilly line at Heathrow, and arriving back there on the same train an hour and a half later, having found it impossible to get off the train at any of the stations en route. It’s a sort of image of where we are in our society today…

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    #85079
    Re: No Go Britain

    It’s the lack of consistency, does no one realise that where one station [be that bus, train or taxi] has good access there has to be equaly good access elsewhere to get off again!

    I bet they charged Louise for her round trip too :twisted:

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    #85081
    Re: No Go Britain

    I went on a family holiday to Kos late last month, we flew from Leeds-Bradford airport.

    I was on crutches and passed through booking in and security without a hitch – in fact the border control people were very helpful and considerate. We got to the departure lounge using an escalator, which I can manage. When we came to board the plane we had to go up some stairs and I was told that I could use a lift. Then we had to walk down a passage and then…down some stairs!

    There was no lift.

    The stairwell was narrow, enough for one person at a time. Obviously I took longer than normal to go down the stairs, one step at a time because my ankle does not flex anymore. It was hot and tiring work and I was conscious the whole time of a hundred or more people behind me all eager to start their holiday!

    It was a relief to get to the bottom and go outside…into a narrow fenced in walkway. I had to scoot along as fast as I could on my crutches with all these frustrated people behind me!

    It was a relief to get on the plane at last.

    Coming back was the same thing in reverse, except the border control people who were still helpful!

    There’s still so much that could be done to make travel a little easier for the disabled!!

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    #85080
    Re: No Go Britain

    @tygertyger wrote:

    There’s still so much that could be done to make travel a little easier for the disabled!!

    In my slow walking days, I used to tell them at check-in .. “chair me”, it made things simple and quick and gave the airport staff the headache of navigatig lifts etc.

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    #85082
    Re: No Go Britain

    im off to the st johns centre in leeds this afternoon for an eye test. now this place is quite disabled freindly, having level door ways and electric doors at the entrance. the thing is when you pass through the door in to the centre. theres a steep ramp with no hand rail. what i cant understand is why do they think to make it some what freindly but not put a hand rail up. where is the logic. :?

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    #85083
    Re: No Go Britain

    I have no real idea Littlestef, but perhaps the probably non-disabled planner, didn’t realise that not everyone who would use a ramp,is necessarily a wheelchair user?

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    #85084
    Re: No Go Britain

    havent really got a choice on using the ramp, the whole door way and a further 50 – 100 feet is a full width ramp. its either struggle up it or wobble about a quarter mile around to the level entrance where the council has banned taxis from dropping off.

    stefan

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    #85085
    Re: No Go Britain

    @littlestef wrote:

    havent really got a choice on using the ramp, the whole door way and a further 50 – 100 feet is a full width ramp. its either struggle up it or wobble about a quarter mile around to the level entrance where the council has banned taxis from dropping off.

    as they say, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions! :twisted:

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    #85074
    Re: No Go Britain

    and a kick in the nuts. is still a kick in the nuts. no matter how softly its done :lol:

    stefan

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    #85086
    Re: No Go Britain

    Discussion on C4 News last night…

    http://www.channel4.com/news/paralympics-transport-will-make-london-look-stupid

    I actually managed to make a completely successful solo bus journey the other day. I was feeling pleased with myself, until I started thinking that making a bus journey should be able to be an everyday thing, not an achievement to congratulate yourself for.

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    #85087
    Re: No Go Britain

    had a little trip to Blackpool just the other week. the new trams are lovely and 85% accessible. nice level entry but no real place for a chair to go. had to dwell at the doors.

    was head of the cue on one trip but tram conducter wouldnt let me on as the tram was busy but let everyone in the cue behind me on :cry: room could have been made..

    and i didnt like the way the driver wizzed away before people had a chance to sit down or in my case put the breaks on.
    i understad that they need to keep to times but they should stay parked till wheelcchairs or people with access issues have sat down.

    we both missed getting off at one stop due to bodies in the way. at another I got off but my other half didnt make it out and I could only wave.

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    #85088
    Re: No Go Britain

    My chariot is out of action at the moment (car forced me down a kerb which bent up a fork holding the front castor) making me virtually house-bound. I’m desperate for somebody to have the time to take me out, even if it’s only shopping but, it must be somebody in a van or people carrier or else I can’t get in & out of it.

    Anyway, once I’m back out in the wild I feel I should venture further afield. We have buses that cater for the wheelchair user & I feel adventurous enough to try one on a jolly to MK shopping centre I think. Not confident enough to tackle London yet.

    There are still some shops in my little town that don’t have wheelchair access. I feel a bit of a plum sitting outside the doors whilst the staff pop in & out with things to show me :oops: . I would normally buy all things online as it’s much cheaper but, have enjoyed lately actually going & seeing things for myself the old fashioned way.

    I dreaded & put off getting my chariot for years. Love the bloody ol’ bruiser now & really missing using it at the moment.

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    #85089
    Re: No Go Britain

    @woogy wrote:

    My chariot is out of action at the moment …
    I dreaded & put off getting my chariot for years. Love the bloody ol’ bruiser now & really missing using it at the moment.

    Dammit, I know what a pain it is when such things happen. Hope your chariot is back in action soon.

    My van failed its MOT yesterday, for the third year running, for exactly the same fault to do with the hand control system, because the “specialists” who fitted and supposedly service it are basically not very competent. So I too am reliant on public transport and favours of friends for a while.

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    #85090
    Re: No Go Britain

    Tis the weather that has stopped my summerly adventures because the things we ‘planned’ to do are all out door and some involve grass and unpaved land :(

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    #85091
    Re: No Go Britain

    Hasn’t stopped rainging here for just over 28 hours I think & more forecast for today

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    #85092
    Re: No Go Britain

    Sorry to hear that Woogy. People don’t realise how being housebound can prove so detrimental. I went down to the chemist shop last Friday int he pouring rain for my son’s prescription. I could have had it delivered but I just felt like getting out for awhile even if I had to use my crutches.

    Hope you get the chariot back very soon!

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