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Wheelchair ramps in Londons tubes

During a recent trip to London it was great to see the increase in mobility awareness and the effort that had been made to accommodate wheelchair users. It is a far more wheelchair friendly place than it was when i was last there 3 years ago.

My first surprise was on arrival at Paddington station where we made our way to the tube station and found a number of wheelchair ramps which bridged the gap between the train and the platform. This had always been a precarious manoeuvre in the past so I was thrilled to see them in place and being used.

When I asked at one station I was told the wheelchair ramps were put in place a couple of years ago for the Olympic games and the decision has been made to leave them in place. In fact better than that there is a proposal to install more ramps at other stations and tube locations.

When i got back in front of my computer I looked it up and found this was the case and that there is also a plan to create some raised platform access for us wheelchair users. The more that can be done to make London and other cities wheelchair friendly the better.

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