An average Londoners commute doesn’t generally take much planning. It involves typically leaving home, traveling between two stations on the tube, hoping on a bus and then walking to the final destination.
However, Londoners’ uncomplicated commutes can become a challenge and be difficult for people with mobility issues, which is why Transport for London have been taking steps to make London’s transport system more accessible. Below are some of the advancements coming to accessible transport...
Accessible Cycling Clubs
Cycling is considered a form of transport for the able-bodied, however Cycling For All proves otherwise. Offering a range of bikes to ensure everyone has support and equal opportunity to cycle through London, regardless of any disability.
The Advancement of Apps
Mainstream transport users won’t struggle to find a travel app to cater to their travelling needs. Accessible travel, however, diminishes behind the everyday commuter as there is no travel app equivalent for disabled travel. Accessible travel apps are becoming more popular such as AccessAble which allows the user to look up accessibility information needed to survey whether the place will be accessible for the user or not. Another app, Signly, displays pre-recorded sign language to help communicate with deaf users.
The future of transport could be autonomous vehicles, however before this revolutionary process takes to the London streets we are more likely to see pods. Driverless pods aren’t unknown in London with one set being active at Heathrow Airport and further trials around Greenwich Peninsula. The leaders of autonomous technology, Aurrigo suggested that if Oxford Street was pedestrianised, this would be an ideal location for pods to take those with accessibility issues from the station to their desired location. This is definitely a topic to keep an eye on in the near future.
TfL Training Programmes
Aside from impressive tech advancements, understanding barriers which those with accessibility issues faced whilst commuting through London is vital. The programme gives staff an opportunity to witness first hand the issues that someone with accessibility issues faces and therefore are in a position to better solve the daily barriers.
Looking to travel around London? Find out more about accessible transport at www.tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/