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Chiltern Railways still running inaccessible trains

They have extended the deadline for upgrading the carriages.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:42am 6th January 2020. 2-minute read.

Chiltern Railways still running inaccessible trains

Buckinghamshire Disability Service have criticized the continued use of the carriages.

Chiltern Railways has been given permission by the Government to continue using inaccessible carriages. 

These carriages do not meet the basic levels of disabled accessibility according to BuDS. 

In 2011, the Government signed a commitment to phase out these and other carriaged by 2020.

However, it has been confirmed that Chiltern Railways, among others, have no met this target. 

A spokesperson for the provider said:

"At Chiltern Railways just 7 of our 213 carriages will not have undergone accessibility modifications by 1st January but will be made compliant by June 2020. These carriages represent just two daily services and there are accessible services scheduled very closely to these departures to ensure everyone can use our trains. 

"The services operated by these carriages are the 0622 from Bicester North to Marylebone and the 1721 from Marylebone to Bicester North (Banbury on a Friday)."

However, Andrew Clark from BuDS says this isn't good enough:

"People are disabled not by their medical conditions but by the barriers they face. If you're a wheelchair user and you can get on the train and get to work you are not disabled in that sense. What these trains do is they disable people who would otherwise be able to travel independently. 

"It's important to note this is a basic level. It is not making them fully accessible, really that is 20 years old. This is only the first step and they've already fallen at the first hurdle."

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