A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Boris cuts hit the disabled

Finsbury Park is my nearest tube station so I was interested to see this Early Day Motion published, and shocked at the axe Boris is already taking to transport infrastructure investment in London:


Jeremy Corbyn
Ms Diane Abbott

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That this House is very sad to learn that the Mayor of London's investment priorities for Transport for London (TfL) do not include step-free access for Finsbury Park Station, thus preventing people with disabilities who use the station from accessing the Piccadilly and Victoria lines, or suburban mainline services; believes that the programme of step-free access initiated by TfL before the election of Mayor Johnson was extremely welcome and showed real commitment to giving effect to the Disability Discrimination Act; notes that TfL still intends to spend money on improving the station and capacity, despite the resulting disadvantage to the entire community who would have benefited from step-free access; and accordingly calls upon the Department for Transport to demand an explanation from TfL as to why they are taking this course of action.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps if you hadn't buggered up the economy so badly there would still be some money to pay for things like this.

11:29 am, November 18, 2008

Blogger Hughes Views said...

Standard Tory trick - use stealth cuts to maintain an illusion of fiscal efficiency.

If he has the power I wonder if he'll do what Thatcher did and slash the Tube maintenance budget so we can have another disaster like the one her cuts caused at Kings Cross...

1:19 pm, November 18, 2008

Anonymous ian k said...

I was going to say it's a return to the Nasty Party but it's a case of same old Tories..

1:52 pm, November 18, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

I read the article and it is a little alarming. If anything we should be spending more on making public transport accessible, bad enough getting on a busy train with a push chair or bike.

7:37 pm, November 19, 2008


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