Accessible Transport

We’re in the news! Save our ticket offices!

By winvisibleblog | 03 September 2023 | 0 Comments
Photo of some of the big crowd with union banners behind them, listening to speakers at the RMT rally. Wheelchair users and visually impaired people are in a designated space with more room. A man has a placard resting against his legs, Save our ticket offices. A woman holds a large hand-painted board with red paint, Blood on the tracks, commemorating those who have died from train accidents. Others there have placards, humans not machines. We need staff! At ticket offices and on trains.

Women from WinVisible and National Federation of the Blind UK were on Channel 4 News on Friday 1 September, featuring the joint campaign to Save Our Ticket Offices, petitioning Downing Street, and supporting RMT union station staff fighting for jobs, pay and conditions — their right to care for passengers and what happens to us. Click below on the image to watch the video. We were in the Daily Mirror paper and online, and The Canary photo. Petitioning at Downing Street Transport for All, representing disabled passengers, condemn the government’s refusal to publish their overall … Read more

Save Ticket Offices — join the protests Thur 31 August

By winvisibleblog | 28 August 2023 | 1 Comment

On Thursday, please join us at the RMT march and rally to Save Ticket Offices. Join the march or go directly to the rally opposite Downing Street, if easier. RMT info page here. 5pm assemble Department for Transport, 33 Horseferry Road London SW1P 4DR5.30pm March moves off6pm Rally opposite 10 Downing Street, SW1A 2AA More events DPAC North East and Cumbria protest at Newcastle station, 3pm-4.30pm: 11.30-1.30pm National Federation of the Blind UK and other disability organisations are again presenting the NFBUK petition to Downing Street. NFBUK press release and list of 182 supporting organisations, … Read more

RMT joint letter to Transport Focus and London Travelwatch

By winvisibleblog | 20 July 2023 | 0 Comments

19 July 2023 from RMT Press Office Rail union, RMT has written a joint letter to Transport Focus and London Travelwatch opposing ticket office closure plans. Alongside the Equality Trust, End Violence Against Women, Disability Rights UK, DPAC, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, Inclusion London, National Pensioners Convention, WinVisible and Transport for All, the letter states:   We are writing to you to object to the proposed closure of nearly 1000 ticket offices at Avanti West Coast, C2C, Chiltern, East Midlands Railway, Greater Anglia, GTR (Great Northern, Thameslink and Southern), Great Western Railway, LNER, Southeastern, … Read more

Make stations step-free as a priority

By winvisibleblog | 09 July 2023 | 0 Comments

Shared from Camden New Journal LETTER  VOLUNTEERS and users from Crossroads Women’s Centre took part in the protest outside Kentish Town tube because we all need a lift: mums and nans with buggies, carers of all genders, older people, anyone carrying heavy shopping or luggage. None of the three Kentish Town stations are accessible, which means going to Camden Road to get on the transport network. Making all stations step-free must be the priority. We’re glad to see that Herman Tribelnig of Camden Town Urban Design Improvement Society (Could the old station be reopened?, June 29) highlighted … Read more

Protest Friday: make Kentish Town tube step-free! 

By winvisibleblog | 22 June 2023 | 0 Comments

Make Kentish Town tube step-free!  Our needs are not “too expensive”! Tomorrow, Friday 23 June, from 10.30am, we’re joining the protest at Kentish Town tube by Camden Disability Action, supported by Inclusion London. WinVisible (women with visible & invisible disabilities) and Crossroads Women’s Centre are among the organisations who signed their Open Letter to Mayor Sadiq Khan calling for a lift to be installed at Kentish Town tube – which Transport for London refused as too expensive! None of the stations near our Women’s Centre are wheelchair accessible, and the north-bound Kentish Town bus stop … Read more

Accessible transport: statement to Transport Committee

By winvisibleblog | 01 June 2023 | 0 Comments

Here is our submission to the Transport Committee inquiry Accessible transport: legal obligations. The inquiry was launched after campaigners complained about transport access getting worse and equality law being ignored. The Committee examines transport policy issues and has MPs from various parties. Our submission was published on 1 June. Inquiry questions Our statement: Who we are WinVisible is a grassroots multi-racial organisation enabling disabled women to have a voice.  We provide self-help information and support, campaigning and other activities.  We have a London- and UK-wide network.  We bring together asylum-seeking, refugee, UK-born and immigrant women, … Read more

Rail staff save lives!

By winvisibleblog | 11 May 2023 | 0 Comments

As disabled women passengers, we NEED more staff for access and safety. Ahead of the rail strike on Saturday, a striker testifies about their lifesaving work and training. Trigger warning — distressing details.

Train staff petitions update

By winvisibleblog | 27 February 2023 | 0 Comments

On 20 February, we were delighted to meet Sarah Leadbetter and Sarah Gayton from the National Federation of the Blind UK, and Emily Yates from the Association of British Commuters, for the first time. We went to Downing St to support their petitions for station staff, to keep ticket offices open and keep the guard on the train. From 9am onwards, they organised for deputations of disabled people, mainly visually impaired people, who travelled from all over England, to hand in batches of the petitions. At 3pm, together with Jon Abrams from Inclusion London, we … Read more

We need train staff! Petition hand-in Mon 20 Feb

By winvisibleblog | 18 February 2023 | 2 Comments

On Monday 20 February, WinVisible is joining the National Federation of the Blind (NFB UK) and Association of British Commuters at Downing St to hand in petitions to keep staff in train stations and to keep the guards on the train, for disabled / women’s safety and passenger safety generally. Groups supporting are booked in teams from 9am to 3.30pm — WinVisible is booked for 3pm with Inclusion London and others. Campaigners are coming from Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Kent, Leicestershire, London, Surrey, Sussex and Warwickshire, among groups across England, Scotland and Wales who have signed. NFB UK say: “Over 150 UK organisations* … Read more

Disabled women win Taxicard change for users hit by DWP delays on PIP

By winvisibleblog | 04 November 2022 | 4 Comments

Info: contact WinVisible  @WinVisibleWomen A disabled mum won back her Taxicard — unfairly cancelled by London Councils due to DWP delays with her PIP benefit reassessment — with support from WinVisible and her MP.  London Councils who oversee Taxicard, said they were willing to make “an exception” in Ms A’s case, given her hardship and distress.  After lobbying by WinVisible, this “exception” was made general policy — which will help many disabled people otherwise wrongly denied Taxicard. We have to prove we are eligible for the Taxicard subsidised fares by showing a current DWP … Read more

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