Westminster Labour Councillors have condemned Transport for London’s decision to close the London Dial-a-Ride Paddington depot on Friday 30 November 2012 and operate the service out of north Wembley. The Paddington depot currently serves the boroughs of Camden, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and the City of London.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“No one has been consulted on this closure decision and no one has been told of the implications for elderly and disabled users. Moving the service to North Wembley will only serve to stretch the service even further with drivers having to travel much greater distances in the busy London traffic. Drivers will be sat in traffic jams for longer rather than driving elderly and disabled people to clubs, activities and social events”
To become a Dial-a-Ridemember a person must have a permanent or long-term disability which means they are unable to use public transport some or all of the time or must be over the age of 85.