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Don’t Miss This One If You Live or Move in London – 22nd June 2017

Planning for the Future in London

London’s changing fast – it’s a 2020 issue.  If you live or move in London like me, we need to say what mobility features are essential for us to live and thrive.  Join me to get the facts, identify the problems and work on solutions.

Here’s What’s at stake: the pavement at your feet, the crossings on the street and the size and complexity of the whole railway system.  Planning for the Future in London is about moving around the capital within the next couple of years.  See below for date, time and venue details*.

There will be three speakers, each presenting in their own session with ample time for discussion.  Between the sessions there will be a ten-minute break.  The details are as follows:-

Transport for London (TfL) – Speaker: John Beecroft and Delphine Bartouilh, Enforcement and On-Street Operations, TfL TfL’s Operation Clearway has begun to make a difference along the pavements of London’s Red Routes since 2015 but some might say not enough has been done.  How clear and accessible do blind and disabled people want London’s Red Routes to be?  And why don’t all local authorities start clearing their pavements too?

Transport for All (TfA) – Speaker: Catherine Smith, Campaigns and Outreach Officer, TfA.

TfA was involved in discussions and campaigning to ensure that all Crossrail stations will be comprehensively accessible when they open to the public.

What did this involve?  Crossrail will enhance the range of travel options in London.  What level of accessibility do London’s blind and disabled rail passengers reasonably want at London’s many stations?

Living Streets – Speaker: Tom Platt, Head of Policy and Communications, Living Streets.

Pedestrianisation of Oxford Street is an objective that the Mayor of London has adopted and yet, to many Londoners, this seems such a radical concept.

Living Streets have long championed this cause.  Blind and disabled Londoners generally have to know what pedestrianisation will mean so that they can define what provisions on Oxford Street they will need.


* Planning for the future in London is presented by the London Branch of National Federation of the Blind of the UK.  It takes place at the Pocklington Hub, Entrance D, Tavistock House South, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9LG, on Thursday 22 June, commencing at 2:30pm.  Admission is free but, owing to the venue being in a shared building, attendees must book by Monday 19th so that a building entry pass can be provided.


Book with Karl Farrell, either by phone on 07808 519720 or by email,

Read below for details of an evening meal following this afternoon event.


Early Evening Meal at Carluccio’s, London WC1, Thursday 22nd June 2017

London Branch of National Federation of the Blind of the UK invites you to join us from 6pm at Carluccio’s Italian Restaurant, The Brunswick Shopping Centre, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1BS.

Walk, run or roll in to Carluccio’s and share some time and chatter with us.

The Restaurant have agreed to give us space to be together so please book before the day with Valerie, NFBUK, on 020 8868 0096, or by email,


Carluccio’s website says: “Welcome to Carluccio’s Italian restaurant, located in the Brunswick Shopping Centre, across from Russell Square Station and a 10 minute walk from King’s Cross/St Pancras Station.  … offer a broad range of classic Italian food … Outside Dining – Deli Bar – Wifi – Disabled Access”  Hope they fix that access before the day!


Karl Farrell

Joint Transport Representative

London Branch of

National Federation of the Blind of the United Kingdom

Mobile: 07808 519720