Mobility scooter supplier CareCo has announced that it is “behind the quest” of a former policewoman who is looking to improve access and railway stations.
Maria Stableford from East Cambridgeshire hopes to make transport staff more aware of station facilities. She was turned away from a station and it later transpired she that if the train company had been called, they would have arranged a taxi service for Ms Stableford to the nearest station with appropriate facilities.
CareCo’s managing director, Will Harrison, told the Ely Standard: “A great deal has been achieved to help wheelchair and mobility scooter users,” he said.
“But now, with the new generation of chairs and scooters coming out, there are still many issues to be resolved. It is wonderful that Maria has taken this on board and we are fully behind her quest.”
It is hoped that the campaign will help people to know what facilities are available and to improve access for all transport for wheelchair and mobility scooter users.
Speaking to the Ely Standard, Ms Stableford said that there has been a lot of interest from various associations already and has also contacted her MP, Steve Barclay, in the hope that the issue will eventually be raised in parliament.
“I recently won a top of the range mobility scooter from leading mobility supplier, CareCo,” Ms Stableford added.
“With its good range and soft padded upholstery, it has given me the potential of travelling further afield without problems.
“Thanks to new developments like these, more and more people will be wanting to travel around, and it is now becoming urgent that people including transport staff know what facilities are available.”