Green MEP calls on Reading Council to abandon plans to cut free bus travel

Green MEP calls on Reading Council to abandon plans to cut free bus travel

September 21st, 2018

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, has written to the Deputy Leader of Reading Borough Council Tony Page imploring the Labour-run council to halt its plans to restrict free bus travel ahead of a vote on the proposals on Monday [24 September].

In the letter to Councillor Page, who also acts as the Councils Strategic Transport lead, the senior Green politician relayed the views of constituents who had written to him expressing their fears that the plans are an 'attack on disabled people in the town'.

One constituent wrote: "the concessions for disabled people were designed to allow them to do things that they would otherwise not be able to and... by placing time restrictions on these concessions it effectively sends a message to the disabled community that they are only welcome in the world for a few hours a day, and it sends a message to the non-disabled people that the lives of disabled are worth less than the lives of the able-bodied and they should be kept out of the way so the able-bodied can get on with their lives.”

In response, Mr Taylor has called on the Labour administration to "reconsider this money-saving exercise; the outcomes will significantly diminish the quality of life for thousands in Reading."

"I am a committed campaigner for accessible transport provision for all and was saddened to hear about the plans afoot in Reading," he added.

Mr Taylor, a member of the European Parliament's Transport Committee, this week launched his vision of a Green transport vision for the region, and across the UK. 

The 'Outmoded: a call for sustainable mobility in the 21st-century' report calls for an end to the 'disjointed' and 'outdated' infrastructure planning process and a substantial uplift in investment in public transport projects, ensuring they are affordable and accessible, and the promotion of, and infrastructure, active transport, walking and cycling.

The South East MEP was also instrumental in securing a vital amendment to the EU Accessibility Act in support of the 80m Europeans living with limited mobility issues.

Download a copy of Keith's letter to Cllr Page below

Green MEP calls on Reading Council to abandon plans to cut free bus travel

Green MEP calls on Reading Council to abandon plans to cut free bus travel

September 21st, 2018

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, has written to the Deputy Leader of Reading Borough Council Tony Page imploring the Labour-run council to halt its plans to restrict free bus travel ahead of a vote on the proposals on Monday [24 September].

In the letter to Councillor Page, who also acts as the Councils Strategic Transport lead, the senior Green politician relayed the views of constituents who had written to him expressing their fears that the plans are an 'attack on disabled people in the town'.

One constituent wrote: "the concessions for disabled people were designed to allow them to do things that they would otherwise not be able to and... by placing time restrictions on these concessions it effectively sends a message to the disabled community that they are only welcome in the world for a few hours a day, and it sends a message to the non-disabled people that the lives of disabled are worth less than the lives of the able-bodied and they should be kept out of the way so the able-bodied can get on with their lives.”

In response, Mr Taylor has called on the Labour administration to "reconsider this money-saving exercise; the outcomes will significantly diminish the quality of life for thousands in Reading."

"I am a committed campaigner for accessible transport provision for all and was saddened to hear about the plans afoot in Reading," he added.

Mr Taylor, a member of the European Parliament's Transport Committee, this week launched his vision of a Green transport vision for the region, and across the UK. 

The 'Outmoded: a call for sustainable mobility in the 21st-century' report calls for an end to the 'disjointed' and 'outdated' infrastructure planning process and a substantial uplift in investment in public transport projects, ensuring they are affordable and accessible, and the promotion of, and infrastructure, active transport, walking and cycling.

The South East MEP was also instrumental in securing a vital amendment to the EU Accessibility Act in support of the 80m Europeans living with limited mobility issues.

Download a copy of Keith's letter to Cllr Page below

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