Disabled man races Tube train in his wheelchair – and almost wins…

A wheelchair user has raced a Tube train in a parody video to highlight problems disabled people face on the London underground.

Several runners have released clips of themselves ‘racing’ a train from Mansion House to Cannon Street on foot. Now, wheelchair-bound Anthony Ince, 43, has attempted the same 380m sprint.

He manages to come close to completing the route in just 80 seconds…

but his attempt is thwarted by a flight of stairs leading down to the Cannon Street platform.

In a short film produced to raise awareness of accessibility issues on London’s public transport, he can be seen sitting helplessly at the top of the steps as the train pulls away from the station.

About 25 per cent of London’s Tube stations have so far been adapted for wheelchair users, with Transport for London (TfL) pledging to modernise increasing numbers of stations for disabled people over the coming years.

16 more stations are due to have step-free access by 2020, bringing the total number of wheelchair-friendly stations across London to 82, a TfL spokeswoman said today.

But cerebral palsy sufferer Mr Ince, who lives in north west London, said it seemed as though disabled customers were being “ignored” by Transport for London.

He said: “If you are not spiritually and mentally strong then it will break you. It makes you think; ‘What is wrong with me?'”

He continued: I tend to just use buses. It’s too difficult to know where I can and can’t get to when I take the tube. It feels like us wheelchair users are being ignored, despite how positively London came across during the Paralympics in 2012.”

Mr Ince hopes his video will encourage transport bosses to improve facilities for disabled people in London.

Read the full article at the London Evening Standard.

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