Guide dogs cleared to use Tube escalators
Tuesday 04 October 2011
Guide dogs will be allowed on moving escalators in the London transport system for the first time from tomorrow, in a change to an "antiquated" rule. It applies to trained assistance and police dogs on the Tube, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground.
Transport for London said it had been advised for years that dogs should be barred from moving escalators to prevent injury. Passengers have had to carry dogs or use lifts or stairs. Recent research by the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association proved dogs could be trained to use a moving escalator.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "The modernisation of this antiquated bylaw helps make the Tube more accessible for all." He praised "excellent collaborative work" by Transport for London and The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
Oliver Barton, of Guide Dogs for the Blind, said: "This change is another step towards helping blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same freedom as everyone else." PA
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