Access history made as disability campaigner boards Northern train on mobility scooter

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A disability campaigner has become the first person to ride on a Northern train while using a mobility scooter.

Tony Jennings became the first member of the public to use his mobility scooter to get on the train from the platform in Ulverston using a ramp.

A report from local NWE Mail detailed how his trip came after Northern Trains Ltd, new operators of the Furness Line, introduced a new scheme to allow mobility scooters to travel on selected routes

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Mr Jennings, 53, said the plans were an encouraging move towards inclusive rail travel.

He told NWE Mail: “We’re really optimistic this is going to happen in the next few months. All the staff have been really receptive and helpful towards making Northern trains disabled-friendly.”

The rail industry pledged to make all trains fully accessible with working facilities by the start of 2020.

However, half of rail providers – including Northern – applied for exemptions until the end of this year.

A Northern spokesman said: “The scheme, which will launched in the near future, will see trains running between Barrow/Windermere and Manchester Airport among the first in the north west to allow mobility scooters on board.”

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