To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions her Office has had with transport providers serving the Olympic venue on access to their services by paralympians; and what funding is being made to these transport providers to ensure that paralympians can use these services to access the venue; and if she will make a statement.
Provision of accessible transport was one of the major strengths in London's bid to host the Games—not just for athletes but also for spectators, with a fully-accessible network of buses, black cabs and the DLR to the heart of the Games in Stratford.
The Accessible Transport Strategy (appendix 2), published in June 2008, lists those organisations that worked with the ODA to produce this document, and who will help deliver our commitment to accessible transport provision.
The ODA is also making financial contributions, alongside existing TfL funding plans, to a wide range of transport upgrade works which include improved accessibility works. Five London underground stations have been identified as serving Olympic venues—Stratford, West Ham, Southfields, Baker Street, Green Park—and works are under way to make all of these accessible by the summer of 2012. Already, all DLR stations, buses (excluding heritage routes), and black cabs are accessible.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will deliver accessible transport for athletes, officials and the Paralympic Family from their accommodation to competition venues in 2012. LOCOG is entering a phase of detailed operational planning, and has already started talking to specialist operators with experience in the provision of transport for disabled athletes.