- 12 Oct 2009
I'm very sympathetic to the disabled. However, the unfortunate reality is that the system was built in 1863. Retrofitting the entire system for disabled access is impossible. The Underground should simply focus on making major hubs and transfer points accessible. All new stations should be accessible. I'm assuming the DLR and Crossrail are 100% compliant.
Nowhere in the article you quoted was there mention of retrofitting the entire system. The article highlighted the experience of someone who was visually impaired. Much can be done to improve access for people such as this and other disabled people who are not wheelchair users. Staff assistance can and should be improved. TfL should not just focus on the major hubs, it should ensure that access is as good as possible, for the widest range of people, across its entire network.
As others have said, disabled does not necessarily mean wheelchair user.