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This letter from Trevor Long. Ed
I was yesterday (22/05/19) looking forward to a trip on your lovely train from Shanklin to Smallbrook, and then later to Ryde, returning to Shanklin later.
We paid for our tickets at Shanklin, and waited for the train to arrive. I am registered disabled and rely on a mobility scooter to get around.
“It’s company policy”
Imagine my severe disappointment and anger when told by the guard I couldn’t travel on the train. No feasible or logical reason was given, except to say ‘it’s company policy’.
Someone suggested it may be a weight problem but the train wasn’t even half full.
Personal attack on people with disabilities
I take this as a personal attack, as other disabled people with walking aids were allowed on.
I thought that disabled peopled shouldn’t be discriminated, but obviously with Island line that does not matter.
Steam Railway more helpful
We got to the steam railway, where we found the staff to be wonderfully helpful, and couldn’t do enough to accommodate me.
I’m disgusted at your lack of empathy, and your outdated views on disabled people.
OnTheWight has written to South Western Railway with question about Mr Long’s experience and will run a follow-up once we hear back from them. Ed