If you are an adult with mobility issues that are significant enough to prevent you from using public transport, ostensibly Dial-a-Ride (DaR) appears to be the answer to all your travel woes. You no longer have to endure the indignity of waiting for impatient, harried commuters or Transport for London staff sometimes reluctant to help …
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Blue Badge ‘Renewal’

March 19th, 2014 | Posted by Kathrin Meyrick in Digital | Transport - (0 Comments)

I wonder what proportion of Blue Badge holders are older people and, of those, have the computer skills and mental stamina to apply for a renewal of their Blue Badge for preferential parking? I recently helped an older person apply for a renewal and the following issues came to light: 1. There is no renewal …
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You may remember last year Transport for London (TfL) consulted on the idea of removing the option to pay by cash on bus services. The reasons for the proposed move to cashless buses were the increased use of Oyster and contactless payment cards and the low numbers using cash meant that significant savings could be …
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Mobility Scooters: Your Views

November 4th, 2013 | Posted by Gordon Deuchars in Transport - (0 Comments)

What do you think about mobility scooters and other mobility vehicles? Do you use one and find it a lifeline? Or do you have views about them as a pedestrian? About 320,000 people across the country now use them and of course they are very beneficial to many people. On the other hand there have …
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Transport for London (TfL) wants to make the buses cash free which they say amongst other things will quicken journey time and keep to time. That means that nobody will be able to pay a fare with cash – how will that affect you? Do you think this is right? What if you loose your …
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Mayor’s Roads Task Force report (RTF): ‘The vision and direction for London’s streets and roads’ and TfL’s statement as to how they will undertake the project.’ The Mayor has produced a report setting out a bold new vision for the future of London’s road and streets which  calls for major investment to support not just …
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Transport for London (TfL) are currently conducting a piece of research into the impact of guardrail removal upon vulnerable road user groups in partnership between TfL, Imperial College and University College London.  Pedestrian guardrail is the metal barrier that separates the footway from the carriageway. TfL are in the process of removing 60km of this …
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London Bus Service Survey

July 12th, 2013 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Transport - (0 Comments)

The London Assembly’s Transport Committee is surveying passengers’ views on London bus services. They are looking particularly at the planning and scheduling of services, including issues like bus capacity, crowding and provision of buses to hospitals and other key locations. You can tell them what you think here:  http://adobe.ly/17y01BA

“It would be lovely to come to see you, but…” That ‘but’ represents the thought of the many stairs and long corridors to be negotiated on the Underground Railway, getting through London, dragging a case. The longer the visit to a friend or relative, the bigger and heavier the case I will be manipulating. On …
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Cycling – how long is it since you were on a bike? They do say that once you have learnt to ride a bike you never forget, which is good as British Cycling is offering a host of free cycling opportunities for all abilities. From June to October ‘Sky Ride Local’ bike rides are taking place across …
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