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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Moto, Welcome Break, Roadchef , Paul Maynard MP

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

My name is Zack and I’m 22 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
117,981 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Kevin Woodbridge

Fairer fares on Orkney Ferries

We ask Orkney Islands Council to introduce a ferry discount scheme for the residents of the North and Inner Isles to allow those residents to purchase single and return ferry tickets at a reduced rate that is the same as the current discount price for bulk purchase of 50 tickets. More information: Audit Scotland Report: For those of us who live in the North or Inner Isles, the ferry service provided by Orkney Islands Council is a life-line. Without the Council subsidising the Scottish Government by £2.5m a year to provide the service, we would be very isolated indeed. Without a regular Ferry Service, the economy of the islands would suffer, the populations would soon dwindle, and many islands might become completely uninhabited. However, many of us struggle to afford the cost of the fares which is why Orkney Labour are launching an online appeal for fairer fares for residents of the Isles. We welcome the Council’s campaign for the Scottish Government to pay their fair share of the running cost and contribute to improving the fleet. We want Orkney and Shetland to be put in the same position as the Western Isles.There is one practical step that the Council could make now that would make life much easier for us which should not cost too much. Orkney Labour have launched an online petition (non-party-political) to change how we can buy the subsidized islander discount tickets. At present, to get the full discount we need to buy 50 one-way ferry tickets which for many people who are struggling on a low income, is impossible. The result is that those who most need the lower rates cannot get them and must pay the full rate, while those who are wealthier can get the lower rate. We are therefore asking that residents of the North and Inner Isles be allowed to buy single tickets at the lower fare in the same way that we get reduced ferries and flights to the Scottish mainland. My husband, Peter, has been very ill and a few years ago he was in hospital in Kirkwall or Aberdeen for the whole of one summer. Because he is suffering from dementia he needed my regular presence. I spent large parts of every day except Sunday (transport lacking) at the hospital caring for him, commuting by ferry. I agonized over the cost of ferries, not knowing how long the situation was going to last. I worried about finding the cost of the ferries. I bought the bulk tickets used them and so spent less than I could have, but the whole situation was financially difficult and stressful, at a time that was already difficult enough. A built-in islanders discount for the North and Inner Isles would have saved me a great deal of unnecessary anxiety. I have always found it difficult to understand why the fares are administered in the way they are, discriminating against those who are less well off, and thus most in need of a discount. We are asking those who live in Orkney who support this request to sign this petition and lobby their councillors. You can write to your councillor at Orkney Islands Council, School Place, Kirkwall, KW15 1NY or via the internet here: Thank you  Coilla Drake

Orkney Labour Party
818 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Lancashire County Council, Chris Anslow, Blackpool Council, Fylde Council, County Councillor Tim Ashton, County Councillor Peter Buckley, County Councillor Fabian Craig-Wilson, Mark Evans, Allan Oldfield, County Councillor Jennifer Mein

Extend the Blackpool Tramway to Lytham.

Extending the Blackpool Tramway to South Fylde, along with the already approved Blackpool North Station link, will provide an integrated, modern transport system on the Fylde Coast. Efficient transport is a critical component of economic development. As local campaigners, Trams to Lytham believe passionately that light rail can and must have a greater role in the overall transport plan for the Fylde Coast, delivering the network the region deserves and so badly needs to become an integral part of the 'Northern Powerhouse'. Linking Blackpool's ever popular tramway (which recently had its highest annual passenger count in 10 years) to the South Fylde Line will solve many of the issues facing the whole of the Fylde Coast. LRT will bring a cheap, reliable and more frequent service that the inadequate route so desperately craves (whether it be line conversion or parallel routing). Better transport links are also needed to provide more job opportunities to the area, with cheap, quick connections to future economic centres like the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone and the Talbot Gateway development possible through LRT. Satisfaction of the service would be extremely high, as the current tramway is a winner of a TripAdvisor certificate and has around 96% service approval rates, in stark contrast to the current South Fylde service. Travelling to St Anne’s or Lytham from Blackpool is difficult and lengthy, and neither the current outdated hourly train service or the often unreliable buses are satisfactory for either local or regional travel. A tramway service on the South Fylde Line would vastly improve both of these important issues, and we hope that, alongside any heavy rail improvements, serious consideration is given to create a tram/train/bus interchange on the route and that this option can be taken forward by Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council. Light rail has been a revolution in towns and cities across the whole of Europe in recent decades, with Manchester being the nearest and arguably one of the most successful systems to date. Green, efficient transport has proven to be the economic way forward, and the Fylde borough should not miss out on its huge transport potential. Our public support has grown significantly over the past few years, and we acknowledged that there is a strong local will for such a service, which can be clearly seen on our social media pages. We hope that you agree and sign and share this petition. Thank you. PLEASE NOTE: We are not proposing a tram service along Clifton Drive. Trams to Lytham Facebook: Trams to Lytham Twitter: @tramstolytham Trams to Lytham Email: #lightrailrevolution

Trams to Lytham
2,744 supporters