Calls for new standard of accessible transport gets support from Mayor Boris and Dame Tanni
London Mayor Boris Johnson is presented with ECT's new report, Setting gold standards, by ECT chief executive Anna Whitty, outside the Copper Box at Queen Elizabeth Olympic park on Saturday – National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival.
London Mayor Boris Johnson and Paralympic sports star Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson are supporting ECT Charity’s call to ensure that new standards for accessible transport across London and the UK become part of the Olympic legacy.
ECT Charity is marking one year since the London Olympics and Paralympics with a special report celebrating its gold-standard performance providing ‘Accessible Shuttles’ that helped spectators with disabilities get to watch the Olympics during London 2012.
The report, which can be viewed here, was presented to Mayor Boris and transport minister Norman Baker this week, and relates the untold story of the remarkable achievements of 24 community transport organisations who joined forces to provide a world-beating accessible transport service for Olympic and Paralympic visitors.
Led by ECT Charity, the community transport providers delivered 100,000 passenger journeys with 150 vehicles operated by 550 drivers and 750 specially trained support staff. On their busiest day the community transport team delivered almost 5,500 trips.
Mayor Boris called the team the ‘unsung heroes’ of London 2012.
The Mayor said: “I hope that across London and elsewhere in the UK, such services will in future always be provided to this standard – this will be a fitting and important legacy to the London 2012 Olympic Games.”
Anna Whitty, Chief Executive of ECT Charity, called on MPs, councillors and executives in central and local government to ensure that support for accessible transport would be at the heart of the London 2012 legacy.
Anna Whitty said: “The UK gold medals remain vivid in our memories – but we must not forget the gold-standard performance set behind the scenes by our dedicated team of community transport providers. We’ve proved what we can do – a year on, it’s now up to all of us to ensure that the legacy of ‘accessible transport for all’ lives on.”
Dame Tanni said: “Led by ECT, the community transport team delivered an exceptional service ensuring that everyone left the Olympic venues with a permanent memory of the very best in British sports.
“I look forward to seeing the same high standards delivered to everyone who need to travel in our country – whether to sporting events, national celebrations or simply to get from home to work, school or the shops. A tangible improvement to the everyday lives of people with mobility difficulties would be an amazing legacy to leave from a truly amazing event.”
Leon Daniels, Managing Director, Surface Transport at Transport for London, commented: “The community transport sector made the world sit up and take notice when their ground-breaking partnership led by ECT Charity efficiently and effectively carried wheelchair users and others with mobility difficulties to every Olympic and Paralympic venue.”
ECT has also been presented with an Award of Merit from the Worshipful Company of Carmen in recognition of its London 2012 success.
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ECT Charity operates a wide range of community transport services, including transport for groups, individual door-to-door services, home-to-school transport and local buses.
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