We demand accessible train travel for people with disabilities! – ETR

Inclusion Europe signed a letter from the European Disability Forum asking to make train travel more accessible all across the European Union.

We demand accessible train travel for people with disabilities!

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The European Disability Forum has sent a letter 

to the governments of the European Union.  


The letter was signed by Inclusion Europe, 

some MEPs, other politicians, 

and many organisations.  

At the moment, it is very complicated for people with disabilities
to travel by train. 

In many countries, they need to call the train company
many days before they want to travel. 

They need to tell them that they have a disability. 

Then the train company makes sure that they get help. 

For example, a ramp if they use a wheelchair. 

Or a support person.  


Because of this, many people with disabilities cannot travel
when they like. 

Sometimes if they want to travel too early in the morning 

they don’t even receive any help. 

This is not fair. 

Many people with disabilities  

have to travel in other ways, 

for example by using cars. 

Some countries are doing much better than others. 

One good example is the Netherlands.  

When someone with a disability takes a train in the Netherlands,  

they only need to call an hour in advance.  

Not 2 days. 

Spain and Belgium are also good examples.  

Other countries in Europe 

should follow these examples. 


Train travel must be fully accessible 

for people with disabilities.  

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