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Free event to promote travel opportunities for Havering’s disabled

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 April 2017

An event aims to promote travel opportunities for disabled people. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images.

An event aims to promote travel opportunities for disabled people. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images.

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An event aimed at promoting accessible transport around the borough and beyond will take place on April 21.

A disabled customer navigates his way through a train carriage on Transport for London's Overground network. Picture: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/PA Images.A disabled customer navigates his way through a train carriage on Transport for London's Overground network. Picture: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/PA Images.

Organised by transport adviser Michael Lloyd and Transport for London (TfL), the event will take place at YMCA, Rush Green Road, Romford.

People can speak to transport providers Dial-a-Ride, TfL Rail, Stagecoach buses, C2C and many more between 10am and 2pm.

Mr Lloyd said: “The focus for this event is to promote what accessible transport is out there now which will inspire disabled people to start using the mainstream transport providers where available.”

Across Havering, the council has had a rolling programme of bus stop accessibility works.

The works include adjustments to high kerbs and footways so that all passengers can more easily get on and off buses in as near a step-free and safe way as possible.

Through funding from TfL, Havering Council aimed to achieve an accessible bus stop target of 95 per cent by the end of last month.

Other service providers at the event will include TfL River Thames service, TfL accessible specialists and Great Anglia trains.

Mr Lloyd added: “It’s an opportunity for the entire community to get information on what transport there is in order to travel around Havering, London, and further afield.”

A raffle will also be held at the event to raise money for the Head and Neck Cancer Foundation charity.

Last year Mr Lloyd campaigned for platform six at Upminster station to be made accessible.

But a c2c spokesman admitted it was “unlikely” the station would see any changes in the next few years due to a lack of cash.


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