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Get Moving 30 : Transport for All NEWSLETTER
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Dear Supporter,
Welcome to our newly redesigned newsletter!  In this 30th edition of ‘Get Moving’ you will find the latest news and information on accessible transport in London as well as our events and activities.

 

Launch of 'turn up and go' on London Overground.

Watch TfA on BBC London news tonight at 18.30.

To be able to 'turn up and go' is taken for granted by non disabled people when they arrive at an Overground, Tube or Rail station. However for disabled and older people who use wheelchairs or scooters, pre booking assistance is another part of the inaccessible transport network we have to contend with on a daily basis.

Today however Transport for London are removing this requirement for the London Overground network and launching their 'turn up and go' service. We greatly welcome this and hope that Rail companies also follow suit and remove the 24 hour notice that disabled people have to give in order to travel by train.

Watch us tonight on BBC London News (18.30) as we comment further on this exciting development.


 

London Underground lifts out of action for over 9500 hours in 2013.

Picture of Transport for All members protesting in front of the lift at Brixton Underground station.Broken lifts on London Underground left disabled and older people unable to use ‘step-free stations’ for a over 9000 hours in 2013, figures have revealed. This is in addition to the 500 hours that lifts were closed to older and disabled people due to staff shortages, and further unplanned closures due to emergency cleaning...  Click here to read more.

 

Plans to axe Capital Call – make your views known.

Transport for London are proposing to axe the Capital Call scheme that has operated in ten boroughs since 2003. These boroughs are: Bexley, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton and Southwark.

There is a consultation running. Transport for London is asking people to respond to it by Friday 11 April 2014.

Click here to read more.
 

Your questions answered by London Overground staff.

Picture of the meeting with TfL and TfA around the table.On Monday 10th March, we met Sam Russell, Stakeholder and Community manager at London Overground. During this meeting we raised issues tweeted by some of our followers. Click here to read London Overgound answers.
 

Steep ramps on buses – TfA supports a member to take up the issue.

Picture of Wasif struggling to get on the bus.Wasif Bhatti contacted us in November last year after he complained that wheelchair ramps were too steep for him to board buses in Hounslow.

Together with Wasif we went on a trip with the the bus operator Abellio’s driving standards manager to look at the accessibility of the bus stops using the wheelchair ramp on the 235 route.
  Click here to read more.

 

Coming soon : Our 6th Pan London Mobility Forum

Transport for All is inviting all representatives from mobility forums and disabled and older people organisations to our next Pan London Mobility Forum.

When? Thursday 27th March 2014, 1030 – 1330
Where? Weare336, Brixton Road. SW9 7AA


Click here for more information.

 
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Upcoming events:
Power Up events: an exciting range of workshops and training events to organisations in the disability sector.
Check out the subsidised training programme
here.

19th March: Workshop - ‘Strengthening your Fundraising Skills’ Day. More info.

27th March: Forum - Pan London Mobility Forum. More info.

27th March: Website Masterclass - ‘Increasing donations from your members and supporters using digital platforms.’ More info.


 
In other news:
'Your Accessible Transport Network' has been published. In this document, TfL lays out its plans on accessibility for the coming period. Click here to read the document.

 
Picture of the month:
‘’Being involved in TfA’s actions was important for me. I like to volunteer to help for the future, make things easier not just for me but for everyone.’’

Click here to read Iman's testimony on our new BLOG section.


Please contact Raphael if you want to share your story with us.

 
Picture of the month:
Every month, we will publish one of the best pictures sent to us on our Twitter or Facebook accounts.
Send us your pictures!
Wheelchair area on München Hauptbahnhof (train in Germany). By Jon Abrams.
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