New Crossrail Train Carriages Unveiled

On the 3 February I had a stimulating trip to Bombardier in Derby to see the Elizabeth line trains – Crossrail as I knew it – being built.

I liked the accessibility features which I thought worked well. This includes subtle colour contrast (i.e. not bright yellow!), step free access from platform to train, wide doorways and four dedicated wheelchair spaces on each train. You can still travel in the vestibule, though, so there’s plenty of choice.  In addition, all platforms along the Elizabeth line will be fully accessible with step-free access/ramps for boarding.

The new line will truly be a ‘step-change’ in transport accessibility in London. I’m looking forward to travelling on it when the line opens fully in December 2019.


Highly Recommended…

I had the pleasure of enjoying a celebratory weekend in London recently where I got to enjoy a double cultural treat. Firstly, the National Theatre’s award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the West End. Wow – I can highly recommend this entertaining winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards® including ‘Best Play’ – it gripped me the whole way through.

Then secondly, I also got to see the new Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake. An excellent film of our time that will stay with you. It’s a moving, sometimes funny film that is a painfully realistic representation of welfare bureaucracy at its worst: failing to listen and thereby disadvantaging further those who rely on it in times of hardship. Well worth watching…