Equality & inclusion

We are committed to improving transport in London by making it more accessible, safer and reliable.

As a service provider to one of the most diverse cities in the world, we work hard to understand our passengers' needs and respond to them through work such as the Mayor's Transport Strategy and equality schemes.

Action on Equality

Action on Equality is based on this vision and the policies put forward here are all designed to contribute to this goal.

This means we will work together to ensure that every individual person's needs in relation to transport are understood and acted upon, to enable them to lead healthy, productive and happy lives.

This vision supports and builds on the overall TfL vision for London. Just as every journey matters to us, so too does every person matter in helping London thrive, in keeping London working, in keeping London growing and making life in London better.

Action on Equality sets out our commitments to promoting equality for our customers, staff and stakeholders, and our compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and covers the following areas:

  • Customer experience
  • Customer information
  • Accessible network
  • Travelling safely and securely
  • Value for money and affordability
  • Health
  • Workforce diversity
  • Supporting current and future employees
  • Engaging with employees and promoting an inclusive culture
  • Our business partners
  • Communication and engagement

Our equality objectives for 2016-20

For each of these issues we have developed a TfL equality objective to demonstrate the improvement we would like to make:

  • Ensure our services will be accessible to more people, with consistent customer service that meets the needs of all customers
  • Ensure that more customers will have access to the information they need to make the most of travel in London
  • Improve the accessibility of London's transport infrastructure to enable more people to make the most of life in the Capital
  • Ensure that travel in London is safer and fewer young people, women and people from BAME communities are deterred from travelling because of safety concerns
  • Ensure we offer value for money for all Londoners with a fare structure which is clear and well communicated
  • Ensure that our transport system promotes and improves the health of all Londoners
  • Achieve a workforce which is reflective and representative of the diversity of London
  • Ensure all future and current employees are supported to make the most of their skills and talents
  • Create a more inclusive culture where all staff feel engaged
  • Encourage more of our partner organisations to have diversity as a core value
  • Engage with more of London's diverse communities to effectively inform, develop and deliver our strategies, services and programmes

Our research on understanding London's travel needs and annual workforce monitoring reports are on the Equality & inclusion publications page.

Accessibility

Record levels of investment over the past few years have ensured that London has one of the most accessible transport networks in the world.

We are actively seeking to involve disabled people in our work, and boosting the training given to transport staff so they can offer consistently excellent service.

We will continue to make the case for further investment so that we can do even more - for example, increasing the number of stations with step-free access.

Organisations for older and disabled people, equality groups and anyone interested in the accessibility of the transport network can contact us at tflaccessibility@tfl.gov.uk.

Find more information about accessible travel in the Capital on the Transport accessibility page.

Our research on understanding London's travel needs and annual workforce monitoring reports are on the Equality & inclusion publications page.

Stakeholder engagement

We work with a range of organisations and elected representatives that speak for our customers. This includes:

Independent Disability Advisory Group (IDAG)

IDAG is made up of six permanent members and was set up to involve disabled people in the way that we shape and develop our strategy for making London more accessible for all. Membership is refreshed on an annual basis.

The IDAG booklet is on the Equality & inclusion publications page.

Sub-regional mobility forums

These forums were established to enhance discussions between TfL, the London boroughs and groups for older and disabled people across TfL's five sub-regions

Valuing people - Big Day Out

Our London-wide forum for people with learning difficulties meets three times a year to discuss travel and transport issues

If you want to know more about any of our groups, email us at groupe&i@tfl.gov.uk.

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