Author Archives: Alan

About Alan

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

Step Free Tube Challenge

Yesterday, to mark International Day of Disabled People, Jon Hastie and I, supported by a team of… well, a few, set about visiting every step free tube station on the London Underground. Our quest was inspired by The Tube Challenge, … Continue reading

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My one question to candidates.

The public backlash against plastic, supported by Government policy and legislation, has lead to the widespread withdrawal of position-able, plastic drinking straws, despite straws making up only 0.025% of pollution worldwide, less in the UK. There is no evidence to … Continue reading

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#DisabilityPower100 Apparently I’m influential

As this blog is published I’m at the House of Lords, Extinction Rebellion protests permitting, at the launch of this years Shaw Trust Disability Powerlist 100. I’m honoured to be included on this years list. It is often said that … Continue reading

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Dirty Secrets of the Underground

On a particularly damp day I headed out to meet Callum from Whatshotlondon. This is what we got up to.

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My Speech at Today’s Inclusive Transport Parliamentary Reception

I’m Chair of Transport for All and here today as the co-Chair of the Inclusive Transport Stakeholder Group. So, this is my maiden speech in Parliament which, to be honest, is the closest I want to get to being an … Continue reading

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My Access all Areas address

Welcome to Access All Areas 2019. My name is Alan Benson. I’m Chair of Transport for All. We’re the only charity campaigning exclusively on disabled and older people’s right to travel. Get the shameless plug in early. Please do visit … Continue reading

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Travels and Travails

I took the amazing David ‘Ziggy’ Green, @SaHreports, out for a trip on public transport and he used the experience to produce this excellent cartoon for Private Eye.     For those that can’t see it there are five scenes … Continue reading

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