Awareness day for those with disabilities

Residents with mobility or learning difficulties and their carers attended an awareness and information event at Mile End Art Pavilion last week to find out about how to travel safely and independently around the borough.  A large number of disability providers from day centres attended.

The council hosted the event along with a number of travel providers in the borough. Representatives from the Transport for London, Barts Hospital Trust and the Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Team gave advice to more than 100 residents about transport options, how to access local services and recreational and cultural activities.

Some residents worked with staff from the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) who ran a trip on the DLR while a TfL Travel Mentor provided advice on how to access the local public transport networks. Specially adapted bicycles were also provided by the All Ability Cycling Club for residents and their carers to try as well as an opportunity to practice getting on and off a double-decker bus.

Residents had the chance to raise concerns with Transport for London (TfL), the council and other transport providers during an interactive discussion session.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

“The accessibility event was a good way for those with disabilities and their carers to share their concerns and feedback at the accessibility and transport forums. We value their input so we can support them as they travel around the borough.”

Cllr Amina Ali, cabinet member for the Environment said: “The Accessibility Day is a great opportunity for local residents to access transport services with support from the council to help lead an independent life. It is also a good event for local groups and disability organisations to meet and share their views.

"Tower Hamlets has excellent transport links but we know not all residents can easily use them especially those with mobility issues. Enabling people with accessibility needs to make the most of our public transport links, and ensuring they can get from one end of London to the other quickly and easily can make a world of difference.”

For more information about accessible travel provision go to https://tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility

Posted on Thursday 21st September 2017