News & Campaigns

Current campaigns include:

Watford hackney Cabs
“Watford hackney cabs/Taxi’s the 2nd most expensive in the country over a 2 mile distance” so second most expensive but not the second best in their service delivery to people with a disability going by our recent surveys available elsewhere on this site. Click here to see the Hackney Taxi Fare Tables.

Transport Survey
At Disability Watford, we get more Transport problems brought to our attention than any other issue. From problems with taxis, Mini cabs, Buses, Trains, Underground and even community transport (Dial-A-Ride etc.). With that in mind, we ran a Survey so we could gather all the facts and take the issues raised in this survey to those who make the decisions, supported by the facts we gathered from you filling in our survey. The final report of the Disability Watford survey on public transport in Watford 2015 is now available to read. Click here to read the report.

Taxi Service Report
Report on the (poor) taxi service for people with a disability in Watford commissioned by Watford Borough Council. Click here to read the report.

Watford Junction Railway Redevelopment
Continuing to monitor the redevelopment and the alterations to Watford Junction Railway Station, that they act on DW’s recommendations and provide accessible/user friendly facilities to persons with disabilities. DW will continue to make every effort to liaise with the project.

Similarly DW will monitor the re-development of the Parade area of Watford High Street to ensure its recommendations are acted upon and the area affected will be accessible during and after the refurbishments.

Working with local health providers, including WHHT and HVCCG, DW will work towards establishing full accessibility of all health service providers (GP surgery, dentist, pharmacies, hospitals, etc.) for persons with disabilities.

New fines for taxi drivers who will not take wheelchair users
Please click here to read more about the new £1,000 fine.

Generic campaigns

DW continue to engage in perennial problems affecting persons with disabilities, including

  1. inaccessible public transport, particularly buses
  2. issues around blue badges and Disabled parking bays
  3. issues with taxi service, e.g. drivers refusing assistance dogs and overcharging wheelchair users
  4. issues surrounding changes to ‘benefits system’ that directly affect people with disabilities

Not all our campaigns have been successful, but DW will remain proactively engaged to bring about changes to benefit our local disabled community.