Southern’s rail plans will breach Equality Act, says disabled access expert | DisabledGo News and Blog

This is slightly tenuous, but given that my immediate solution prior to hoped for full nationalisation would be to have TFL take over the running of this section of our rail network I think I can justify it…

Plans by an under-fire rail company to change the way it staffs its trains will lead to “unacceptable” and repeated breaches of the Equality Act by denying disabled passengers the support they need to travel, it has been claimed. Southern – which operates train services across parts of south London and southern England – is planning to replace conductors with “on board supervisors” (OBSs), whose job will not include stepping onto the platform at stations. Campaigners fear that introducing these supervisors will mean that disabled passengers who need assistance on platforms at unstaffed stations could be left stranded and unable to board their train. Southern is also planning to allow OBS trains to operate with only a driver in “exceptional circumstances” – which is likely to make travel even harder for disabled people – and has also admitted that two-fifths of its trains are already driver only operated (DOO). Southern is embroiled in a long-running industrial action over its plans to…

Source: Southern’s rail plans will breach Equality Act, says disabled access expert | DisabledGo News and Blog

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