Equal Access on the railways – how much longer?

There is quite rightly, a great deal of anger about the failure of the rail industry to meet the 1st January 2020 deadline for all UK passenger trains to be fully accessible. Some of the extensions have been granted years into the future, despite more than a decade to either refurbish or replace non-compliant rolling … Continue reading Equal Access on the railways – how much longer?

Julian Vaughan – a strong voice for rail users

I believe we should judge our society by how we treat the most vulnerable within it. I am founder of the Bedfordshire Rail Access Network which campaigns for step-free access for train stations across Bedfordshire. We were successful in campaign for funding for Biggleswade train station and we will push for this work to be … Continue reading Julian Vaughan – a strong voice for rail users

Budget brings little cheer for the ‘just about managing’ in NE Bedfordshire

Theresa May recently announced the end of austerity, however in spite of the give-aways there is little cheer in the Chancellor’s budget for many across North East Bedfordshire. The raising of the income tax thresholds will mean that those on the highest incomes in the county will gain far more than low and middle income … Continue reading Budget brings little cheer for the ‘just about managing’ in NE Bedfordshire

‘Access for All’ off the Rails

I was interested to read Alistair Burt’s comments in the Biggleswade Comet (5th October) about his desire to improve accessibility at Biggleswade train station. Mr Burt mentions that his government operates an Access for All fund to enable equal access for passengers. What he neglected to mention was that his government has consistently cut funding … Continue reading ‘Access for All’ off the Rails

Trump – School Bully turns Head Teacher

After Trump's election I hoped, without any real conviction I must admit, that perhaps all the lies, posturing, distasteful stances on any number of topics, the 'America First' speeches etc. were all just bluster, and once in office he would settle down and would be the figurehead for your usual Republican administration, albeit a particularly right wing … Continue reading Trump – School Bully turns Head Teacher