Caroline Pidgeon calls for tactile paving on all railway platforms

Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon has spoken out about the worrying lack of tactile paving at many train stations across the country. and the concerns she has for blind and partially sighted passengers.

A Freedom of Information request by Caroline Pidgeon has revealed that 35% of Great Britain's railway station platforms do not have the tactile paving which is vital for blind and visually impaired people to be able to use them safely.

Caroline told BBC Radio 4's In Touch programme:

We were shocked to find that 35% of the length of platforms across England, Wales and Scotland do not have tactile paving. It's so important for blind and visually impaired passengers, and yet there is no date for when the Government will ensure that every platform has tactile paving at the edge.

It's wrong and it's dangerous!

Listen to the broadcast from BBC Radio 4 here.

Transcipt of programme available here.

Lib Dem GLA Candidate for Bexley & Bromley, Allan Tweddle, is blind and walks with a guide dog. Allan said "As a blind person I regularly rely on tactile paving on station platforms. It is a simple safety feature that really works.

"The fact that 35% of rail platforms still don’t have it in 2020 shows that despite paying lip service to supporting disabled travel this Government is failing visually impaired people in Bromley, London and across the country."

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