“For centuries the railway has been a key driver of independence and freedom. Disabled people should be free to have the same independence and we must ensure railways remain accessible for all.” Caroline Dinenage MP
Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has met with disability campaigners in Parliament to support a campaign to make the railways as accessible as possible.
Leonard Cheshire, a leading disability charity, found that over a third of disabled rail passengers faced problems such as inaccessible stations, feeling trapped on a train or not being alerted to the right stop.
Commenting Caroline said: “Our train connectivity at Fareham and Portsmouth are vital for the local area and the local economy.
The Government is committed to reducing the disabled employment gap but with so much of the local workforce forced to travel out of the constituency, how can we do this if disabled people do not have an accessible railway?
Disabled people have the same entitlement to live independent lives as everyone else and I want them to feel able to travel on the railway with confidence.”