A BLIND woman, who was left stranded on London’s tube network, has returned to the capital to lobby politicians for better disabled access to public transport.
Tmara Senior, 26, last went to London on February 16 with disabled rights campaign group Trailblazers, to attend the launch of a new Parliamentary group for disabled people.
She arranged for someone to meet her off her train at King’s Cross station, and she was escorted to King’s Cross-St Pancras underground station where a member of staff took over assisting her.
Mrs Senior, of Edge Lane, Thornhill, Dewsbury, was helped on to a carriage and told that another member of underground staff would meet her when she got off at Westminster.
But no-one was there to meet her. Mrs Senior said: “I was a bit frightened because I didn’t know what had happened.
“There were no staff about so it was quite frightening, and going down to London it was quite busy.”
Fortunately, at Westminster Mrs Senior met someone who was going to the same event as her, who escorted her to her destination.
Yesterday, she returned to the capital with 300 other members of Trailblazers.
The organisation held talks with MPs and representatives from Transport for London, Virgin Trains, Network Rail and Southern Rail
The group hoped to highlight the problems that disabled train and tube users face when using public transport.
Mrs Senior said: “I’m hoping that they will look at the concerns that we raised and take them on board.”
Trailblazers project manager Bobby Ancil said: “A combination of unreliable technology, poor disability awareness training and inaccessible stations is making young disabled passengers feel like second class citizens on public transport.
“We cannot provide an effective public transport system for disabled people without asking people genuinely what they need, and listening.”
A spokesman for Transport for London said: “London Underground has no record of this incident [in February] or a complaint received, but we apologise if Ms Senior did not receive the service expected.