Barking travel event helps vulnerable passengers navigate borough
PUBLISHED: 16:45 05 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:54 05 June 2015
A day aimed at promoting independent travel for vulnerable passengers was held in Barking Town Centre on Tuesday.
The fifth Safer Travel For All event to be held this year was supported by police, Transport For London (TfL), travel mentors and Barking and Dagenham Council.
It taught some participants who had not travelled alone or without their carer before how to interact with the driver, pay for tickets and deal with rowdy situations while considering their personal safety.
The scheme is open to transport users as young as 10, wheelchair users and anyone who would like training to help them travel independently.
The lead officer for the scheme, police sergeant Brian Gordon of the Safer Transport Team, said: “The Safer Travel for All scheme is ideal for those who wish to travel around their community on public transport but who may need some support to achieve that.
“Its success has been down to the dedication and enthusiasm of all involved. It is a fun and informative day for all. Everyone involved - the bus drivers, police and partners - learns from our passengers too.”
Individuals and groups booked onto the scheme met with the travel mentors and police officers at Barking town centre before setting off on a round trip by bus.
The scheme - which has been made possible through the provision of a courtesy bus by Stagecoach’s Barking garage - offers two sessions each day and has been used by around 150 people to date.
Sgt Gordon added: “The scheme will continue in Barking and Dagenham, and its success means I hope to roll it out to the neighbouring borough of Havering.”
For further information or to make a booking please contact Mary Mathurin at Mary.Mathurin@lbbd.gov.uk or call 020 8724 3317 or 07968 521303.
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