TANNI GREY-THOMPSON \'DONE WITH BEING PATIENT\' OVER TRAIN ACCESS

TANNI GREY-THOMPSON 'DONE WITH BEING PATIENT' OVER TRAIN ACCESS

A significant number of train carriages do not meet legislation

Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has said she is "done with being patient" after it emerged that hundreds of train carriages will fail to meet accessibility standards coming into force next year.

The 50-year-old, who takes around 160 rail journeys each year, said travelling by train is "still really difficult" for disabled people.

She added that wheelchair users are often unable to get on or off trains because members of staff trained to use ramps are not in position despite assistance being booked.

Legislation on the accessibility of mainline trains dates back to 1998, with the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 saying all trains must be accessible by January 1 2020.

The Department for Transport have said around 800 of Britain's 14,000 passenger train carriages do not comply with the incoming rules.

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