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How ICT has Helped Public Transport in London Adapt to those with Mobility Difficulties

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How ICT has Helped Public Transport in London Adapt to those with Mobility Difficulties This essay will be explaining how ICT has progressed in recent years to help those with disabilities or certain impairments. The main focus point of this essay will be how public transport has adapted to suit these peoples needs. First let us define disability, "made unable to do something because of illness or injury" [1]. Here is what most people think disabled people are only those that are retarded or people that have to sit in a wheelchair. They are not entirely right a disability can be seen in different shapes or forms. Yes, those in a wheelchair are the main group of disabled people but those who have had injuries in certain areas or that have diseases can also be considered disabled. When double-decker buses were first introduced in this country in the early 1900's they were not suited for those with mobility problems, mainly the ones that ran through London like the 88. ...read more.


It can be used for all sorts of journeys such as shopping, medical appointments and social occasions". [4] This is what has made the company so useful and prosperous. This company has helped many people get around London safely. Recently TFL have taken over the Dial-a-ride service and created a new service for the disabled with the taxicard system. This system is for disabled people to get around London using a black cab. All the user needs is a taxicard which is kind of like a bus pass. They can either order the Taxi or hail one. These taxis aren't available all of the time and neither is the dial-a-ride, so if the worst happens the disabled person will have to get a public bus. Over the past three to four years nearly al public buses have been revamped and fitted with customizations to accommodate disabled people. They have produced a part of the bus with simple instructions on how to assemble themselves next to it. Also at the exit of the bus a ramp is situated under a panel in the floor. ...read more.


Sites like http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/planmyjourney/time_table/journey_requirements.asp?&T2ID=9754_2004626193844 tell you when you can catch a train from any destination you want from anytime. All you have to do is enter what station you are leaving from, what station you are going to and then the time you wish to leave the station. It will when take you to a page where it will give you the times of trains and what stations they go through. Things like these help the Person in a wheelchair even more. In conclusion TFL have made a small change in their fleet of buses and introducing the new service taxicard is a development that will help many more people that are restricted to a wheelchair in their daily lives. TFL still have improvements to make on other services such as the tube, train, DLR and trams. Finding out times of the different public transport services helps them even more so that they don't have to make wasted journeys out to stations or bus stops. In time it is said that all aspect of London Transport will be able to accommodate those who are wheelchairs, although it may take many years to do so. ...read more.

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