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Liberal Democrat Gail Engert claims one in four Haringey bus stops not accessible to disabled people
Disabled people have difficulty using one in four bus stops in Haringey, according to statistics uncovered by an opposition councillor.
Liberal Democrat Gail Engert discovered that 28 per cent of Haringey bus stops were not easy for people with disabilities to use.
The Muswell Hill councillor recently campaigned for an accessible bus stop for the 144 and W7 buses in her ward.
Cllr Engert and her fellow Lib Dems are now calling for Haringey Borough Council to improve disabled access.
She said: “It took months of campaigning to get one bus stop in Muswell Hill made accessible. It shouldn’t be that way.
“Transport for London and Haringey Council should be making all bus stops accessible and we shouldn’t have to campaign for it.
“Disabled people should be able to use public transport without having to worry that the bus may not be able to pick them up at the bus stop.”
The group are calling for stops in Muswell Hill, Bounds Green, Tottenham, Wood Green, Hornsey, Highgate and Harringay to be improved.
A council spokesman said it is already working to make all bus stops in the borough accessible.
She said: “We want all disabled people to enjoy the best possible experience of public transport, and our aim is to ensure all bus stops in the borough are accessible.
“We have been successful in securing significant additional investment from Transport for London to ensure that we are on target to meet the Greater London Authority target of full accessibility within the next 18 months.
“We have an ambitious programme of improvements coming up, starting with making an additional ten bus stops accessible in Green Lanes.”
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