Transport campaign group set up by Richmond's elderly, vulnerable and disabled

Older, vulnerable and disabled people have formed an action group to campaign for a better transport system.

The group, supported by charity Transport for All and local organisations RUILS and Richmond Aid, met for the first time at York House on Tuesday, December 17.

Members were encouraged to voice their concerns and one resident, with mobility issues, said the meeting was a good start, as it was an “opportunity for people locally to make their points heard”.

Transport for London worker Peter Right outlined plans to have 95 per cent of bus stops accessible by 2016, and all London train stations to be step free by 2018. One recurring issue addressed by members with disabilities was the accessibility of bus stops.

A survey by London Travel Watch earlier this year revealed that 65 per cent of bus stops in Richmond were easily accessible, which is below the London average of 71 per cent.

Co-chairman Bob Burgis hoped this would be the first of many meetings, with plans for a next one in March 2014. Anyone interested in joining the group should call Mr Burgis on 020 8894 4820.

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