Harold Wood disabled residents to set up Havering branch of Transport For All

Workers and young people at a supported living home want to form a action group to tackle the problems faced by disabled people on public transport.

The staff and disabled young people at The Ridgeway in Harold Wood are set to create a Havering branch of Transport For All.

Supported living manager, Sheila Morgan said: “I think this would be a really good step forward for the borough.

“There are lots of disabled people who have concerns with public transport and the process with getting feedback is very difficult so they need a group who are going to represent them.”

The action group will form part of the work of Transport For All, a charity that champions the cause of disabled people and older people on public transport.

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The users at the home were prompted to contact the charity after their problems faced on public transport.

The charity, who have helped to campaign for new bus stop count down systems currently have more than 50 members in Havering who are forced to travel to other boroughs because there is no local action group.

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Sheila said: “We all know how hard it is travelling on public transport, so if we can help by creating a local group then that is great.

“There is a big demand for this group in Havering because of the problems faced by disabled people in the area.”

Last week the Recorder reported about the problems faced by the users at The Ridgeway on public transport with drivers refusing to stop for them and passengers’ unwillingness to fold up pushchairs in the disabled bays.

The staff and the users are now working with other groups for disabled people in Havering including the Havering Association for people with Disabilities to set up the action group by next year.

They are also looking to get in contact with people who have had similar problems on public transport.

Anyone that wants to join the group, should contact sheila.morgan@cmg.co.uk

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