The Mayor and Transport for London’s (TfL’s) plans for a more accessible railway have reached a new milestone, with a 50% increase in the number of London Underground stations providing step-free access from platform to train via new boarding ramps.
Manual boarding ramps were first introduced to the Tube as a trial to help make the 2012 Games the most accessible ever held. Since then they have been permanently installed at many more stations and with 28 more stations now fitted with them over the past year the total now stands at more than 50. Alongside other innovations such as permanent ‘platform humps’ – which raise a section of the platform to be level with the train – and new low-floor trains on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, the ramps are helping revolutionise step-free travel in the Capital.
Over 650 swimmers from 50 countries will converge this summer on Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre for the IPC Swimming World Championships which will run from 13-19 July.
The World Championships, which are staged every two years, are the biggest event on the calendar for para-swimming outside of the Paralympic Games and will see the world’s best male and female para-swimmers – including Ellie Simmonds and Scotland’s Andrew Mullen and Scott Quinn – in action.
Ellie Simmonds, who has won 13 World titles and 10 European titles, as well as having 10 World Records to her name, is looking forward to competing at Tollcross – the scene of the hugely successful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“I’m so excited about the home World Championships. Home support was so important during the London 2012 Paralympics and I really love it when the crowd cheer us on. I hope that we get big audiences so we can show them how brilliant our sport is.
“Glasgow will be my fourth World Championships and I think it will be really special. I love competing at the top level. Racing fast is the best part of my sport but this will be made even better with a great crowd getting behind the team.
“The world’s best will be coming to Glasgow for this competition and it would be great if we could make the first British-held World Championships the best one yet.”
This June Care Roadshows will be returning to the fantastic Aintree Racecourse on Tuesday the 9th with the chance for the care sector to come together again for a day of discovering new resources and the latest sector updates.
With around 30 stands full of the hottest innovations specifically for the care industry; care home owners, managers and care professionals will have the opportunity to test resources for themselves and find out directly from suppliers how their products and services can help enhance their individual setting.
‘Life you Choose Productions’, an arts and multimedia group for people with learning difficulties, have completed work on their first film.
The Return is a psychological thriller set in and around Glossopdale. It follows a film crew who arrive in Glossop to make a documentary, but upon arrival discover something strange about this sleepy little town… are there ghosts, parallel dimensions, or is it all a hoax?