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[Image taken 3.9.21] TransPennine Express (TPE) service York-Dewsbury. The cycle carriage on this train design is hooks in a cupboard. I consider this completely discriminatory as it means I cannot travel independently. (See discussion blow.) It was also not possible to shut the door which meant the cycles were at risk. And makes a mockery of announcements about keeping luggage with you at all times/where you can see it. See also: #173797.

Discussion:
With this choice of trains/cycle carriage, TPE has taken away my independence and autonomy. In short: it is directly discriminatory. The Equality Act 2010 www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/sex-discrimination says you must not be discriminated against because:
you are (or are not) a particular sex). I believe TPE is discriminating against women by requiring cycles to be hung up as we are physically different to men. I am also concerned:
- the hooks provision assumes people will be travelling in pairs;
- one traveller will be strong enough and tall enough to lift the cycle of a smaller/less strong companion;
- the pairs will be both male (the hooks exclude women);
- lack of recognition that in same sex partnerships neither person may be male/tall enough/strong enough to lift a cycle onto/off a hook.

The provision of hooks (and no alternatives) makes me 'disabled'. So I had a look at The TPE Accessible Travel Policy
(www.tpexpress.co.uk/~/media/travelling-with-us/assisted-travel/tpexpress-accessible-travel-policy-aug-2020.pdf?la=en)
Valid From: 11/08/2020
The Introduction says:
"We are committed to delivering consistently excellent service, making journeys easy and convenient for all our customers. Our aim is to provide an accessible and welcoming railway for all and we will ensure that your needs as an older or disabled customer are properly considered in all aspects of service delivery. The end goal is enabling you to travel confidently and as independently as possible."
Providing hooks for cycle carriage excludes these groups and others.
Parking: There's no recognition of people with mobility issues arriving by cycle. The 'parking' (in A7.2 Disabled parking) therefore only refers to car parking.
There's "Wheelchair user spaces and priority seat reservations" but no mention of carriage of cycles people use for mobility.

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