In this blog, Barry writes about his recent train trips, and his experiences of the new system for accessing ramps when you’re travelling by train.
My name is Barry Smith and I have cerebral palsy, which means I am physically disabled and I am in a power wheelchair.
Some disabled people might think they can go on a train no more because they heard the personnel who work at their train station can’t get the train ramps out anymore.
Now, the person who takes the tickets on the train gets the ramp out. I think this works better because the personnel who work on the train know which stop the disabled person wants on and off at. This means the personnel who work in the train office can get on with their job.
In the last six weeks, I have been on a train three times, here where I am being and then finding out. First, I went from Irvine to Glasgow with the ramps and it all went well, then I went back to Irvine on the train which were a great day. I book the trains ramp to do this two days before, which is great times, then I went to Ayr on the train then back to, which was a nice day out as well.
Four weeks later I went from Irvine to Glasgow then a wheel around to Queen Street to get a train onto Edinburgh W to get the Newscastle train – all the ramps were booked to let me get on and off each train with my power wheelchair at the right stop, everyone were there at the right time for each train to get me on and off in time.
My plan went so well and I met the man off the train who took me to where I going for a respite holiday for a week. After I was on my holiday I went back for the train – everything was booked like before to get me back home again.
More information on accessible travel with Scotrail can be found on their website.