A group of 11 ‘Possability People’ with various accessibility needs took part in a ‘Try a Train’ event from Brighton to Chichester last week, hosted by Govia Thameslink Railway. Possability People is a Brighton-based charity helping people who are disabled or have long-term health conditions with independent living, travel and day-to-day support.
With the day led by Brighton’s Station Manager Anthony Dowsett, the group were issued tickets and were able to go through the gate to the platform by themselves, a crucial aspect in helping to build their confidence. Once on the train, they were updated on upcoming initiatives that GTR are looking to introduce to assist with their needs, rounded off with a Question and Answer session.
At Chichester the group took a tour of the station and a break for refreshments before heading back to Brighton.
Back at Brighton, the group enjoyed a complimentary visit to the Toy and Rail Museum under the station. The visually impaired members of the group were treated to an immersive sensory experience by the museum’s manager, Jan Etches.