The Mayor of London announced his strategy to make London the first public transport service in the city to become dementia friendly.
Sadiq Khan said during his Question Time that he will be investing £200m over five years on step free access for those with dementia, including the Alzheimer’s society too.
“I trust to make London dementia friendly. We expect London service to be friendly to those with impairments so they can live a better and fuller active life as long as they can. The essence of our London society is to help those vulnerable and with this new scheme, this is exactly what we will do,” said Khan.
Khan hopes to integrate a strategy that will allow, not only people with dementia but for the whole population of London to make smart choices when travelling.
This comes into play after he announced that there will be fewer trains in order to encourage people to walk or cycle wherever they are going.
He continued: “This will improve our London approach in order to make the public make better travel choices and to help them keep healthy and tackle the onset of dementia.”
In order for the mayor’s dementia friendly strategy to take place, this will mean more recruitment within the TFL business and training for those already work for the public service.
“Since I became Mayor, we will be recruiting new 650 station staff and TFL will be training staff in how to assist customers with accessibility requirements including people with invisible impairments,” said Khan.
The mayor mentioned that his personal health advisor, Dr. Tom Kofi, is working hand in hand with the Alzheimer’s society to get City Hall staff trained as dementia friends.
Although recently metro released a story investigating into tube toxins and its effect on those with dementia, Mr. Khan is still making sure that they allow the underground to be efficient in assisting those with impairments.
In July this year, TFL officially launched the “please offer me a seat badge” to help those that have invisible impairments and especially those with dementia, to help the public and workers aware of their deficiencies.
He finished with saying: “I hope to make London transport accessible for everyone hence why I am investing a large sum of money to TFL. My transport strategy will show TFL how to use a healthy streets approach. This is a part of our London strategy to help people be street smart and make smart choices when travelling. “
TFL and Sadiq Khan are in talks of when the scheme will start.
Other topics discussed during the question time was Uber’s re – licensing, the cost of Brexit, new housing policies and London’s growing population.
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