Too Familiar?


Richmond- Teddington – return

Door-to-door transport is a vital link for many disabled and older people who, for various reasons, are excluded from other forms of public transport, and without which they would be stuck in their homes unable to participate in society and those things that most of us take for granted. Door-to-door transport is under threat in this age of funding cuts and austerity.

I don’t make use of door-to-door transport. That said, if I did it couldn’t have been more convenient than today’s simple trip, from the bus stop right outside my front door to the bus stop right outside the door of my destination in Teddington.

The ride out passed completely unremarkably. The journey back had a slight hiccup in that the second part of the ramp didn’t come out. This meant a short, steeper ramp than normal, but a decent size kerb meant this wasn’t a problem. Truth be told the ramp did actually deploy properly, but only after I’d successfully got on board.

The really sad thing about this return trip was that, 5 miles from home, the driver asked me “The stop near your home?”

Maybe I travel too much.



About Alan

I'm an Economist, Geek, Campaigner & wheelchair user who's been using all forms of public transport for 20+ years.
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