Slow train to equality

    Most of us would grumble if we had to wait half an hour for a train
    but disabled people have now been told they could wait until 2017
    for all trains to be made accessible to them.

    A committee of MPs and peers calls that “an appropriate compromise”
    between the needs of disabled people and the railway industry. All
    right, it’s better than the original deadline of 2035 which would
    mean, as one charity pointed out, some disabled people could be
    able to travel to Mars before they could board a train. But is a
    13-year wait really the best we can do?

    But well done to the committee for urging the government to crack
    on with bringing forward the draft bill – we’ve been waiting long
    enough.

    Their report also makes some useful recommendations that improve on
    the original draft – for example placing a duty on public
    authorities to promote good relations between disabled and
    non-disabled people.

    And finally, congratulations for suggesting a change in title to
    the Disability Anti-Discrimination Bill – why didn’t someone come
    up with that in the first place?

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