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disability access

20 petitions

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Petition to Cllr James Jamieson, Jo Johnson

Step Free Access for Rail Users in Bedfordshire Now!

There are currently five rail stations in Bedfordshire with no step free access for disabled people, these are (including passenger numbers in 2016/7) Luton                  3,682,794  Leagrave            1,861,912 Flitwick               1,518,180 Biggleswade      1,029,086 Harlington          330,468 While Luton is earmarked for improvements in 2019/20 there are no plans for step free access at the remaining four stations. This situation restricts the employment opportunities of disabled people in these communities and puts unnecessary barriers in place which prevent disabled people from taking a full part in our society. It is ironic that while all train carriages must be accessible by 1st January 2020 the above train stations will remain no go areas for disabled people and those with limited mobility. The Department of Transport has stated that for every £1 spent on access improvements £2.90 is returned in economic benefits. Therefore not only is it morally the correct action to improve access at these stations, it makes economic sense to do so. Providing step free access at these stations will also improve accessibility for elderly people and those with young children, encouraging the use of public transport rather than car travel. We call on Jo Johnson, Minister of State at the Department for Transport, and James Jamieson, Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council,to urgently address the rail access inequality which restricts the lives of thousands of people across Bedfordshire and install step free access at Luton, Flitwick, Biggleswade, Leagrave and Harlington stations. 

Bedfordshire Rail Access Network
11,412 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Sajid Javid

Change Building & Planning Regulations to Make Changing Places Toilets Compulsory

I am calling on the government to make urgent changes to building and planning regulations to ensure that Changing Places toilet facilities, with adult changing bench, hoist and enough space for 2 carers, are provided in all large public buildings as they are built, redeveloped or refurbished.   My daughter is 7 and has global development delay and is a wheelchair user.  Her disability means she is unable to maintain a sitting balance and as she is non-verbal she cannot tell me when she needs the loo, this means she wears nappies.When she needs changing while we are away from home, we often struggle to find facilities in which to do so.  She is getting too large for a baby changing unit and our only other option is the toilet floor, which is unsanitary, unhygienic and in my mind inhumane as well as undignified. I don't know what body fluids may have spilled there, or what might have been brought in on someone's shoes or wheels. This is a completely unacceptable and unreasonable situation for anybody to be exposed to. I am also aware that each time I lift her, I am putting myself at risk of an acute back injury and this will become more of a risk as she gets older and bigger, how people manage to change adults in this way beggars belief. There are more than a quarter of a million disabled people across the country who need the facilities a changing places toilet offers. British Standards 8300/2018 says that Changing Places toilets should be provided in larger buildings and complexes, such as: a) major transport termini or interchanges, e.g. large railway stations and airports b) motorway services c) sport and leisure facilities, including large hotels d) cultural centres, such as museums, concert halls and art galleries and faith centres;  e) stadia and large auditoria f) large commercial retail premises and shopping centres;  g) key buildings within town centres, e.g. town halls, civic centres and main public libraries h) educational establishments i) health facilities, such as hospitals, health centres and community practices.  j) other visitor attractions, such as theme parks, monitored beaches and parks.  I believe that it should be compulsory for “Changing Places” toilets (with changing benches, hoists and enough space for carers) to be installed in the public places mentioned in BS 8300/2018, and that they MUST be included in plans before planning permission can be granted. I also believe that the location of the nearest “Changing Places” toilet be advertised in standard disabled toilets as too often the disabled public are unaware of where the most appropriate facilities are, due to them not being widely advertised, and with not everyone having access to the internet. When the usual choice currently is to provide inhumane treatment by toileting in an inappropriate place without appropriate equipment, or to have somebody sat in their own body fluids for prolonged periods or worse still to be socially isolated due to the lack of appropriate toilet facilities, it can be said that government can and must do better then this. They need to make Changing Places toilets compulsory for large public buildings as listed in BS 8300/2018.

Lorna Fillingham
56,145 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to Transport For London, Chris Grayling, Mike Brown, Vernon Everitt, Sadiq Khan

Get TFL to add 'Look Up. Does someone need your seat?' to their announcements. #LookUp

I am disabled with very limited mobility and a chronic pain condition which makes commuting incredibly difficult at the best of times. I have my 'please give me a seat' badge and card which I wear whenever I travel, but it is not enough. I still find myself having to plead with people for a priority seat (or any seat) on tubes and buses. Part of the problem is people do not look up at the stops. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes because they are engrossed in their phone or paper. This petition is to ask TFL and the Minister for Transport to launch a new campaign. A 'Look Up' campaign. TFL have pre-recorded announcements on every bus and tube in the city with upcoming stop information, with mind the gap announcements. I would like TFL to consider introducing an announcement at every stop with the message 'look up, does someone need your seat?'. It is so hard as a disabled traveller. Sometimes I have the strength and gumption to interrupt people and ask them to move but I've been refused several times and it is embarrassing, making each subsequent time I need to ask more and more difficult. I feel I should not have to beg someone to give up a priority seat. And in fact I've given up my own seat when I've seen people in even more need than me when able bodied travellers have ignored them. Having to ask someone to vacate a priority seat is incredibly hard. Not just because of the embarrassment or fear or rejection but because you cannot be sure if the person sitting in it is able to stand or not. It is vital that the onus is on non-disabled travellers to look up and offer their seat if it is required.  These announcements will be even more important for those with invisible impairments who need to rely on their badge to do the talking for them and those who have visual impairments who may need to be told there is a seat free for them. I think the consciousness has to change. We need to try to have it ingrained in the psyche that priority seats are not just a luxury they are a necessity for some travellers. We need 'Look Up' to become as common place and as instinctive as 'Mind the Gap'. We need a poster campaign as wide spread as 'See it, say it, sort it'. Please sign and support this petition. Please encourage TFL to act to help their customers who are less able to stand. EDIT: Chris Grayling MP, Minister for Transport has responded to my email asking to look at the national situation with a brush off as policy for disabled passengers not being enforceable. I am not looking for enforcement. I am looking for a campaign to have announcements politely requesting that people look up at stops to see if anyone needs their seat. The national roll out of this campaign was going to come after we'd managed to win with TfL.  Having met with TfL I am confident they will continue to work with me to develop this idea and make it workable on their network.  I have less faith in the Department for Transport.  So please. Keep signing this petition and watching this space. I am NOT removing Chris Graylings name from this petition, the department of transport should be embracing ideas for making travel accessible to all.  

Corry Shaw
4,157 supporters