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Southeastern sets up Accessible Travel Advisory Panel

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Former Paralympian and access consultant Andy Barrow has chaired the first meeting of Southeastern’s Accessible Travel Advisory Panel (ATAP).

Andy, who was captain of the GB wheelchair rugby team between 2005 and 2010, led the panel of 15 members, all of whom have experience of accessibility issues, which has been set up to improve the accessibility of rail journeys for everyone on the Southeastern network.

He then journeyed into central London accompanied by Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris, whose remit includes the accessibility of the railway, and David Wornham, from Southeastern.

During the first session of the ATAP, both Andy and the Minister had taken part in a lively discussion on how best to boost access to the rail network for disabled passengers – part of the first session of the ATAP.

Andy Barrow.

Following the recent announcement of a national strategy to boost accessibility, remove barriers and improve confidence of disabled travellers, the Minister was keen to hear the views of Southeastern’s panel members ahead of their first session, which took place next to London Bridge station.

After the meeting, Andy Barrow said: “I’m passionate about people with any kind of impairment having full parity when using the rail network. I’ve been working closely with Southeastern to help their staff empathise with the day-to-day challenges that people can experience when travelling by train.

Chris Heaton-Harris, Rail Minister.

“Southeastern is making strides in how it responds to the needs of people with different access needs, but recognises that there’s more to do, and so when our findings are acted upon, the changes made will have a lasting and meaningful impact.”

Accessibility Minister Chris Heaton-Harris added: “I was delighted to attend Southeastern’s panel today and hear from such a wide variety of people with lived experience of accessibility issues.

“It’s vital that we continue to have these discussions as we make critical accessibility improvements across our transport network”.

David Wornham, Southeastern.

Southeastern passenger services director David Wornham commented: “At Southeastern, our aim is to involve disabled people at an early stage of decision-making, and this panel is part of our ongoing commitment to make stations and trains across the network open to all.

“The panel will provide teams across Southeastern with informed opinions and guidance on upcoming projects as the members share their lived experiences, highlighting potential improvements or issues that may not otherwise have been considered.”

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