East West Railway launches new accessibility panel | So Good News


A RAIL company is inviting disabled people from Oxfordshire to join a new panel to ensure its services are accessible to all.

The East West Railway Company wants people to take part in a panel which will provide insight into the different needs to help the company build an inclusive service along the Oxford to Cambridge route.

The panel will be made up of up to eight people with a range of disabilities and will meet regularly to consider issues including access to stations and platforms, clarity of customer information, passenger assistance and the onboard experience.

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Panel members must live or work between Oxford and Cambridge.

Caroline Eglinton, Head of Inclusion at the company, said: “The ability to access public transport can be a huge boost to quality of life and can open up many opportunities for people, but there are still too many people excluded from rail travel.

“As the East West Railway is a brand new railway, we have a rare opportunity to build a service from the ground up that will be easily accessible – and enjoyable to use – for everyone, whoever they are.

“I am particularly looking forward to working with passionate local people via our Accessibility Advisory Panel. They will play a unique and important role in shaping the service from the ground up to meet the needs of all our potential customers, helping to make our vision of a fully accessible railway a reality.”

This story was written by Anna Colivicchi, who joined the team this year and covers health stories for Oxfordshire newspapers.

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