Monday, 15 May 2017

our key transport access pledges

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Dear Alan,

The general election is fast approaching, and with some major changes due in UK politics over the next few years it’s more important than ever to ensure Disabled and older people’s voices are heard.

There are 13 millions Disabled people in the UK, but all too often our views are overlooked. It’s now twenty years since our right to access services was passed into law – but many of us face a daily struggle to even use our local bus service. It’s time all the parties gave the Transport access the priority it deserves.

Since Theresa May’s election announcement last month, Transport for All (TfA) has reached out to all the major parties asking that they sign up to four key transport access pledges and encouraging them to commit to transport access in their manifesto.

  1. Restore deferred Access for All funding and commit to continuing the scheme beyond 2019.
  2. Enshrine the right to access in law.
  3. No more rail staff cuts.
  4. Strengthen the law around wheelchair priority on buses.
Make your voice heard
General elections are a great opportunity to influence the views of candidates in your local community. We need as many Disabled and older people from across London to reach out to ensure our voices are heard.

  • Register to vote by 11:59pm on 22 May.
  • Sign up for a postal vote, if you’re concerned that you may be unable to vote on June 8th.
Ask your candidates to sign up our four demands for accessible transport
  • Challenge your candidates at a hustings event. Transport for All is organising a few hustings (e.g. Redbridge). Click here for more information.
  • Write to your candidates. We created a template letter which you can download on your website: just click on the following button.
Write to your candidates
Alternatively, please contact Catherine: catherine@transportforall.org.uk.

Best wishes,

Raphael

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