miércoles, 20 de septiembre de 2017

Keith Taylor MEP ► WE DID IT

Do you have a minute to help improve public transport facilities for millions of people across Europe?

Thanks to you, MEPs just voted to help bring accessible public transport to 80 million people living with disabilities across Europe

It's time for truly accessible public transport to be the norm in Europe

Last Thursday, MEPs voted in favour of Green proposals to strengthen legislation to make public transport more accessible to 13 million people in the UK and 80 million people across the EU living with disabilities.

The amendments, as passed, ensure the European Accessibility Act now includes mandatory public transport improvements to the ‘built environment’, such as lifts and ramps, to guarantee passengers step-free access to stations, terminals, and ticket offices.

MEPs were urged to back the proposals by you, you wrote to your representatives to stress the importance of ‘barrier-free journeys for everyone’.

The outcome is great news. MEPs have grasped a crucial opportunity to help fundamentally improve the lives of millions of people living with disabilities in the UK and across Europe.

This issue is above party politics and I’m grateful so many of my cross-party colleagues came together to back our campaign. We have voted to make public transport truly accessible.

Public transport is the cornerstone of the sustainable mobility future that we need to build in our towns and cities across the UK and Europe, but the only way we can make that happen is if we ensure it is accessible to all.

We can now embrace this chance to make a world of difference to the lives of more than 80 million people in Europe with reduced mobility.

Ahead of #WorldCarFreeDay on Friday, Keith will be attending two events on air pollution and sustainable mobility - the events are free and open to everyone

On Thursday 21 September, Keith will be speaking at the #BreatheInBrighton event at the Brighthelm Centre in Brighton.

Brenda Pollack from Friends of the Earth will facilitate the meeting and Keith will be joined by Alan Andrews of Client Earth, Dr Kevin Wyche of the University of Brighton, Paul Nicholls and Sam Rouse from Brighton and Hove City Council.

The meeting starts at 7 pm, register for your free tickets.

On Friday 22 September, Keith will be hosting a lunch meeting at the Brighthelm Centre in Brighton to discuss sustainable mobility strategies on #WorldCarFreeDay. The awareness event aims to promote investment in public transport, cycling and walking, and the development of communities where jobs and shopping facilities are within walking distance of where people live.

He will be joined by Kia Trainor, Director at CPRE Sussex, and Norman Baker, Managing Director of bus company The Big Lemon, who will share his experience of making 'doing the right thing for the environment' profitable.

The meeting starts at 1 pm, there will be free sandwiches; register for your free tickets

Working across the South East of England

To keep in touch with my constituents, I have a team of staff based in the UK:
Constituency Coordinator - Monika Baunach, email: keithtaylor@greenmeps.org.uk
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire - Karen Barass, email: karen@greenmeps.org.uk 
Surrey and Sussex - Jo Prior, email jo@greenmeps.org.uk
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight - Eloise Shavelar, email eloise@greenmeps.org.uk
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