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July 1, 2005

Deaf rail users fear for safety

From: Hampstead and Highgate Express - London,England,UK - Jul 1, 2005

DEAF and hard of hearing commuters in Camden believe that not enough has been done to ensure that they are safe in emergencies.

The Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID) has surveyed deaf commuters across London, and found that in Camden 65 per cent of the respondents felt that not enough had been done to ensure they could follow safety procedures in an emergency.

A massive 75 per cent of tube passengers and 64 per cent of train passengers in the borough claimed they did not think enough information was given and only six per cent of users on the underground and on the bus felt staff were deaf-aware.

Dr John Low, chief executive of the RNID, said: "It really is quite astonishing that in the 21st century one of the world's largest transport systems still relies almost entirely on its passengers being able to hear.

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