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Disabled access lobby grabs political moment


ACTION GROUPS for disabled people have seized on the last week of campaigning for London's mayoral elections to press for improved transport facilities in the capital.

Accessible transport body DaRT wants 50% of all London Underground stations to provide step-free access by 2015.

Funding to carry out the necessary work depends on the outcome of July's comprehensive spending review.

Only 40 of the 253 stations on the tube network offer this at present with a mere 16 further stations definitely due to be upgraded by tube maintenance firms Tubelines and Metronet within the next 10 years.

London mayor Ken Livingstone's Transport for London department has requested a further £1.5bn from government to carry out up to 100 station accessibility upgrades. A decision will be made after the spending review.

DaRT, along with Greater London Action on Disability, put its demands to the mayoral candidates at a hustings in East London last week.

The plea echoes that of the Royal National Institute for the Blind which is campaigning for step-free access at King's Cross (NCE 4 March).

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