Mike Gapes joined disability rights campaigners, train company staff, and rail passengers to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Disabled Persons Railcard.
Mike welcomed new figures released by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), which manages the Railcard, showing that record numbers of people with disabilities are getting about by train, with 3.5 million trips made last year.
Launched in 1981, the Railcard was the first of its kind in Europe and offers cardholders and a friend or companion travelling with them 1/3 off the cost of most train tickets on the National Rail network.
“With more than three and a half million trips made using the Disabled Persons Railcard last year, it’s clear what an important contribution it makes to the lives of so many people with disabilities.
I know that many people in Ilford rely on their Railcard. That’s why I was delighted to wish it a happy 30th birthday and to congratulate ATOC and train companies on their record breaking year.”
The picture shows Mike signing the giant 30th birthday Railcard