Disability campaigners furious after paralympic star Anne Wafula Strike forced to wet herself on train

Disability campaigners call for provisions on public transport after Anne Wafula Strike incident

Anne Wafula Strike (Credit: Twitter @Harlow_News)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Disability campaigners have called for increased provisions on public trainsport after a prominent paralympian spoke about how she was forced to urinate on herself on a train.

In an interview with The Guardian, Anne Wafula Strike, a British wheelchair athlete awarded an MBE for services to disability sport, told of how she was forced to wet herself on a train with no acccessible toilet.

She told the newspaper: "I was completely robbed of my dignity by the train company. 

"As a disabled person, I've worked hard to build up my confidence and self-belief. Having access to a toilet in a developed nation like the UK is one of the most basic rights."

She opted to go public with the incident, despite the humiliation, because "too many people with disabilities suffer in silence" because of the embarrassment.

Phillip Connelly, communications manager at Disability Rights UK, told talkRADIO measures need to be taken for disabled people on public transport.

"I'm not suprised, sadly." he told Yasmeen Khan. "It's not just about giving this lady back her dignity, it's about enforcing a human right. 

"When you board a train, just like anyone else, you expect to be able to use a toilet.

"We need to make it within the provision of a disabled person to have access to a toilet on and off the train."

Dave Heeley, a disability campaigner who was the first disabled athlete to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents, sympathised with Wafula Strike over the incident.

"I've done a lot of travelling on trains and I have the same problem myself as a blind person," he told Yasmeen.

"Surely, in this day and age... there should be some idea to generally check whether things are okay. 

"For a train to go longer than an hour and a half without a toilet - what is all that about?"