Unfortunately, I have little positive to say from today's meeting to discuss progress on step-free access at Biggleswade station. Unless things change and change quickly, there is a very real possibility that Biggleswade could become another 'Luton' and face endless delays while each party waits for everyone else to act - a reminder that Luton … Continue reading Biggleswade access improvements hit the buffers
Below is a compilation of a number of email exchanges with Central Bedfordshire Council on the subject of bus provision across Central Bedfordshire (CBC). I've not edited any questions or answers, but have added words in brackets where necessary to make the meaning clear. My five questions are in bold and follow ups in italics, … Continue reading Buses in Bedfordshire – Q&A with Central Bedfordshire Council
While the Prime Minister heralds the dawn of a new age of bus travel across the UK the current situation, particularly in Bedfordshire, is somewhat less bright and breezy. Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, when asked by Andrew Marr how many of the 3,000 routes cut by the 'old Tory Government' would … Continue reading Which way for buses in Bedfordshire?
In April 2019 the UK rail industry, through the Rail Delivery Group, proudly announced the launch of its new interactive accessibility map. The aim of this map is to improve accessibility information for passengers - and increase the confidence of passengers with disabilities to travel by train. The map can be found here http://accessmap.nationalrail.co.uk/ Unfortunately, … Continue reading Rail ‘Access Map’ takes the wrong route
With time running out to deal with the looming climate emergency, it is vital that we create an integrated, accessible and affordable transport network to encourage and incentivise a shift away from reliance on the car. A 'fit for purpose' cycling network is just one example of the infrastructure required to enable this, but like … Continue reading Why has cycling lost its way in Bedfordshire?
Below is the response that I finally received from Cllr Jamieson, leader of Central Bedfordshire Council on 9th September regarding the bus cuts to the 85/85A and 188/190 bus services due to take place from 30th September. I'd like to say it was a personal letter, but the reality is that as other people have … Continue reading More buses not more cuts!
Central Bedfordshire Council to cut more bus services in Bedfordshire. Biggleswade, Sandy and Potton are set to lose even more buses. Central Bedfordshire which has already seen savage cuts to bus services over the last 10 years is set to lose even more services in changes due to come into place on 30th September following … Continue reading Empty words from Central Beds Council as more bus services face the axe
Listening to Nusrat Ghani during the Westminster Hall debate earlier this week discussing the lack of step-free access at Flitwick station, I was struck by how the 'tick box' mentality still remains when dealing with accessibility issues. Ms Ghani MP, who is Under Secretary of State for Transport, pointed out that six out of the … Continue reading Disabled people let down by ‘tick box’ attitude to Accessibility
My brief notes below from the Westminster Hall Debate that took place earlier this week regarding the lack of step-free access at Flitwick station: ~ Westminster Hall debates are an opportunity for MP's to raise local or national issues outside of the main chamber and receive a response from a government minister who is present … Continue reading Flitwick Step-Free Access – Westminster Hall Debate
Since the 'Access for All' funding scheme was first introduced by the previous Labour government in 2006, the progress of step-free access improvements on the UK railways has made somewhat stuttering progress. The 'Equality 2025' target was quietly dropped and replaced by the goal of achieving equal access for disabled people across the transport system … Continue reading Labour must be bolder on Equal Access