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Southern Rail announces it plans to break accessibility law for people with disabilities

A Southern train [Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images].

It’s nice of them to let us know in advance!

The announcement that assistance for people with disabilities on Southern trains may not be available at all stations means the firm is in breach of the Equality Act 2010, part 12, chapter 3, which states:

The Secretary of State may make regulations … for securing that it is possible for disabled persons— (a)to get on to and off regulated rail vehicles in safety and without unreasonable difficulty; (b)to do so while in wheelchairs; (c)to travel in such vehicles in safety and reasonable comfort; (d)to do so while in wheelchairs.

Will we see a prosecution or is it now permissible to openly discriminate against people with disabilities again?

Southern rail users with disabilities face delayed journeys or the prospect of no longer being able to board some trains after the company said there was no “cast-iron guarantee” that assistance would be available at all stations.

Southern has admitted it may have to book taxis for disabled travellers who cannot complete their journey because the only member of staff on the train is the driver.

Previously there were 33 stations across the Southern rail network where passengers in need of assistance to get on or off the train could turn up and be guaranteed help.

Source: No guarantee of help for disabled passengers, says Southern | Business | The Guardian

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