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Disabled Londoner to take on the Underground Tube Challenge

Posted at 5:20 pm, November 18, 2014 in News, Transport
Tube Station. Photo: Umbreen Hafeez

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Braving the Central line at rush hour is commendable, but tackling 270 stations in one day is hardcore! The Underground Tube Challenge is an incredible feat for anyone, and disabled ex-TfL employee Benjamin Holt is doing it in a wheelchair.

It’s the first time someone with a disability has ever taken on the Underground Tube Challenge, which involves passing through every station on the network in as quick a time as possible. The fastest it has been completed so far is 16 hours, 20 minutes and 27 seconds by Geoff Marshall in Sept 2013, and now Holt is accepting the challenge with the added problem of navigating stairs, narrow doorways and wide gaps in his chair.

Naturally, he’s a bit sceptical that enough will be done to transform the Underground into a wheelchair-friendly transport system in the next decade and this challenge is a way of raising awareness of the many difficulties wheelchair users face when using public transport. He’s also raising money for Vitalise, a charity that provides short breaks for people with physical disabilities and the carers looking after them, and you can donate to Benjamin’s JustGiving page here.

By Laura Sagar

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