Increase in accessible bus stops after step up in funding

18:15 01 February 2013

Extra cash has been diverted to improving bus accessibility. Picture: PA Wire

Extra cash has been diverted to improving bus accessibility. Picture: PA Wire

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Two thirds of London’s bus stops are now accessible to wheelchair users after funding for the capital-wide scheme was increased by £18million.

Transport for London aims for 95 per cent of all stops will be similarly accessible within three years.

The process involves adjusting the kerb so it is at the right height, ensuring that the bus can stop parallel to the kerb and removing any street clutter from where the bus doors open.

In 2008, bus stop accessibility stood at 29 per cent.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, said an additional £50million will go towards improving “bus driver training”

He said: “We are building on the legacy of the Paralympic Games to ensure that London continues to have the most accessible transport network in the country.

“The capital already has one of the most accessible bus fleets in the world but there is still more we can do.”

All 8,500 buses in their fleet are low floor and fitted with wheelchair ramps.

Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director of surface transport, added: “London already has the most accessible bus network in the country – however we are far from complacent and are striving to improve the service we offer to disabled and older passengers.”

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