15 Jun 2018

Para-cyclist: railway ramps too steep

From Nine To Noon, 9:17 am on 15 June 2018

Disability advocates are outraged out-dated ramps at Wellington train stations are posing a barrier to wheelchair users getting to work. Support worker and wheelchair user Samantha Eddie works in Porirua. Her preference is to use public transport to get there, but isn't able to because the ramps at the station are too steep. While the rail network operator is apologetic, it says upgrading is not a priority. Metlink admits access ramps at the majority of Wellington railway stations don't meet modern standards, and that many also lack any suitable flat rest areas. CCS Disability Action says people with mobility issues shouldn't be further hindered from going to work by poor accessibility. Sam Eddie is a former NZ para-cycling competitor.