Produced ahead of the forthcoming Mayoral elections, the 10 key points are published in a series of C6 postcards. The watchdog has met prospective mayoral candidates from the major parties in advance of finalising their manifestos, and the aim of these postcards is to help to focus us, when we will be undoubtably getting visits from representatives to our homes. We can use them to grill reps on where they stand on important transport issues.
Key policies in the postcards & publication include ensuring frequent and comprehensive public transport such as providing longer trains more often, improved information, especially at times of disruption; a fair deal for customers; making it easier for passengers to join up their journeys and ensuring transport services have suitable access for the elderly, disabled, people tranporting buggies and from the looks of the picture above, those struggling to get luggage on the London Underground.
Sharon Grant, Chair of London TravelWatch said: “The 10 policies that we are urging mayoral candidates to consider will help to make public transport in London more customer-focused. They reflect the challenges experienced by the travelling public who are all too often faced with unclear and inconsistent information, when they deserve a joined up service. Londoners also want frequent and comprehensive public transport which is attractively priced.”
Accessiblity on the London Underground will be a strong one. Obviously it's essential for the elderly, disabled & people with kids in buggies (although I can't say I sympathise hugely with the large luggage approach as I use Piccadlilly line trains coming from Heathrow a lot & huge suitcases take up so much space in the rush hour, it's a pain in the butt).
I also like their points on fair deals for fares & Oyster card over charges "Oyster has revolutionised the journey experience. However, where its complexities mean passengers lose money by not ‘touching in or out’, they should be able to resolve the problem quickly via a free phone number. It is unacceptable that passengers are overcharged and then asked to ring a high-priced phone line to get redress."
Their point on providing reliable & timely information is also a priority in my opinion. "Technology must be harnessed to deliver up-tothe- minute travel information at all journey stages. Internet and text messaging initiatives are welcome, but provide limited help for passengers at bus stops."
"Passengers are most in need of information during times of disruption. All transport providers must work together at times of disruption to minimise the impact on passengers, and the Mayor should take the lead in facilitating this".