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Petition to Moto, Welcome Break, Roadchef

Have accessible changing facilities at every motorway service station in the UK

My name is Zack and I’m 21 years old. That's me in the picture above. I have cerebral palsy which affects the use of all my four limbs and my speech. I am tube fed, use a touch screen speech machine to communicate and an electric wheelchair to get around. I am campaigning to get accessible changing room facilities installed at all UK motorway service stations. There are many disabled children and adults who, like me are wheelchair users and require suitable spaces and the assistance of a carer when needing toilet and changing facilities during long journeys. At the moment there are very few appropriate facilities on UK motorway routes. I cannot use a regular toilet so when I need to be changed my parents or carers need to hoist me on to a bed. A changing places room needs to be large enough, have a height adjustable bed and a hoist which can be used to lift me out of my wheelchair. There are many times when my parents have to resort to changing me on a cramped and often dirty toilet floor or in a baby changing room. I’m not the only one in this situation, there are a quarter of a million disabled people across the country, many of who, are in need of these services too. Over 1000 facilities are now in operation at tourist attractions, restaurants, museums and leisure centres in the UK, but hardly any exist on major travel routes and so far, all of them are in the Midlands or south of England. Moto are the largest operator of service stations in the U.K. with 60 stations, but so far they only have 5 with changing place rooms with a further 2 planned in 2018. Welcome Break also have 6 such changing rooms. The operators at Moto claim to be "committed to the cause of providing accessible changing rooms", but in reality they say that the cost of installing such facilities is prohibitive and compared to the popularity of coffee shop and food outlets, it is not justified for the number of people who would use them. It would mean a lot of to me if they led the way by introducing accessible changing places in all their service stations and readdressed the balance in providing accessible facilities for all travellers regardless of their needs and abilities. Please support my campaign to improve these basic needs for all disabled travellers. Thank you

Zack Kerr
92,142 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan

Automate the London Underground

Yet again London is being held to ransom by tube drivers. These same tube drivers are some of the best paid people in the United Kingdom with a starting salary after 3 months training of £49,000 along with pension and other perks. Tube drivers only work a 36-hour week and have twice as much leave as our poorly paid police force. Now tube drivers are going on strike again to seek an even better “work/life balance”, whilst other Londoners struggle to get by with extortionate property prices, transport costs and below inflation pay increases whilst working an average 40 hour week. All this compounded by the daily struggle of using an over crowded, over-priced rail and public transport network. The technology exists to fully automate the London Underground and rid the capital of the militant drivers’ unions and hostile tube drivers that hold us all in London to ransom.  This petition calls for the London Mayor and Transport for London to invest in the latest driverless technology for tube trains. A spend to save strategy that will involve short term capital expenditure to convert rolling stock, but with long term savings thanks to no longer needing to pay extortionate salaries to low skilled workers. Our firefighters, police force and ambulance service are grossly underfunded and continue to give everything to keep London safe, whilst our greedy tube drivers continue to hold the capital to ransom in order to line their own already full pockets. This petition therefore also calls for long term savings made through automating the tube to be diverted to our hard working police, fire and ambulance workers! - The London Public

David Greene
73 supporters