Travelers Told Train Could Not Handle Two Wheelchairs
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 29, 2003
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND--Two women who had planned to travel together to the seaside town of Bridlington were forced to end their trip because the train could not take more than one electric wheelchair at a time, according to Thursday's BBC News.
Mary Booker, 66, who has multiple sclerosis, and Dora Alcock, 70, who has arthritis, were told they would have to take separate trains for the 80 mile trip. The disappointed duo then decided not to take separate trips.
"It is discrimination in my book," said Sue Jackson, a friend who was scheduled to travel with them. "It seems the train company is saying that if you are disabled you cannot travel with a friend or partner with a similar condition and you are on your own."
Booker and Alcock frequently travel together and said they have found most train companies are equipped to transport both of them at the same time.
A spokesperson for Arriva Trains Northern, the company that runs the train to Bridlington, explained that the company would like to take more wheelchairs, but that there are no plans to increase the number of accessible spaces on the carriages.
"It is unfortunate that we cannot cope with every need of every person," said Arriva's Ray Fell.