Following news 3x more disabled people stranded
Job cuts will make the Tube a “no-go zone” for disabled people, charities and unions have warned.
The proposed 950 job losses on the London Underground will make the network largely inaccessible to disabled people, LondonlovesBusiness.com has been told.
This follows the news disabled people are often left stranded at Tube stations due to a shortage of staff.
Bob Crow, leader of transport union RMT said the fact there had been 162 instances last year where lifts were closed due to staff shortages showed there was already a problem.
Speaking exclusively to LondonlovesBusiness.com he said: “These statistics prove conclusively that there is already a dire shortage of staff to assist passengers with disabilities.
“If we don’t prevent Boris Johnson’s plans to axe a further 1,000 station and platform Tube jobs, the underground will effectively become a no-go zone for passengers with a disability.”
Phil Hufton, London Underground’s chief operating officer said: “We are investing hundreds of millions of pounds in making the network more accessible through the use of new trains, lifts, raised platform sections, boarding ramps and other improvements.”
However, campaign group Disability Rights UK said this money would go to waste if there are no staff on platforms to allow the lifts to operate.
Sue Bott, director of policy and development, said: “We’re really concerned about the reduction in the level of staff.”
She said fewer staff would likely mean more lifts being out of service. Many people with disabilities already found taking public transport a “scary experience” because they worry they will not have the assistance available when required.
“Having TfL staff on hand even for reassurance is just as important,” she said.