27 March 2012 Channel 4 News seeks disabled people's experiences of public transport for major investigation
On Monday, Channel 4 News broadcast the first in a series of reports called ‘No Go Britain', investigating the challenges that disabled people face when using public transport. Monday's piece utilised a range of anecdotes to highlight some of the types of negative experiences that many have had. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who has previously been interviewed by Trailblazers about such issues, spoke of a horrible experience that involved her having to crawl off a train.
As Channel 4 News suggested, this first report in the series was just ‘scratching at the surface' of the problems faced by disabled passengers across the country. In order to get a fuller picture, they are looking for disabled people to send them their experiences, both good and bad, of travelling on public transport in Britain.
As Trailblazers have previously revealed in the ‘End of the Line' report, this is a hugely important issue. It is essential that Channel 4 News continue to push this story and in doing so other media outlets will hopefully soon pick it up too. We are, therefore, calling on all Trailblazers to send in their stories to Channel 4 News so that there are a huge range of experiences to draw from.
After collecting the stories and filming the reports, the problems raised by the investigation will then be put to policymakers and transport bosses. By getting involved with ‘No Go Britain', therefore, Trailblazers can help to raise public awareness of this issue and ensure that transport accessibility for disabled people is placed firmly onto the political agenda. If this can be achieved, we may finally start to see some of the improvements to public transport that are so desperately needed.
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