TOC Ability



T O C   A b i l i t y


Intelligent accessibility that makes travelling by train easier for disabled people.

A Collaborative Innovation

Co-funded by the UK's Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB)

TOC Ability is a collaborative innovation initiative to enhance accessibility to rail services. Organisations across the academic, private and public sectors, are assisting in the development of an intelligent accessibility hub that will exchange real-time information between passengers, Train Operating Companies (TOCs) and service providers’ systems.


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Putting Accessibility First

Developed in partnership with disabled people

TOC Ability is being co-designed by an ‘accessibility panel’, made up of disabled people with a range of impairments, ensuring an improved door-to-door travel experience for all passengers is central to delivery of an efficient nationwide rail network.

Karen Meaney

Karen Meaney

Karen Meaney uses a wheelchair to enable her to commute to the City of London . She has a Genetic condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which is often an invisible disability. Amongst other things, EDS can make walking over long distances difficult.

Nick Goss

Nick Goss

As Managing Director of GCL, Nick is responsible for the day to day running of a rapidly growing business which has trebled in size in the last three years and is now recognised and one of the UK’s leading providers of equality training and consultancy.

Marie Pye

Marie Pye

Marie Pye has been involved in issues relating to disability and equality for all of her professional life. She was a member of the TfL Independent Disability Advisory Group and then the chair, and led work for the Disability Rights Commission for many years.



Vidar Hjardeng, MBE, spent over thirty years with ITV running Political and Social Action Programmes, recently, leading on Diversity. He is a board member of RNIB, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Shape Arts and Associate of the Business Disability Forum



Lady-Marie was a PT Instructor in the Royal Signals prior to sustaining a spinal cord injury. She works as a Regional Peer Support Officer and Advocate for people with spinal injuries. She is an avid public transport user; train travel being her preferred mode of transport.



Roger is Profoundly Deaf. For 7 years he was a member of the Department of Transport Disabled Peoples Transport Advisory Group (DPTAG), followed by a further 7 years on the Transport for London Independent Disability Advisory Group (IDAG).

Peter Lainson

Peter Lainson

Peter Lainson started life as an Army technician and subsequently worked in various Estates departments within the N.H.S., he spent the final ten years of his working life as a Community Liaison Officer for Essex County Council.

Tanvi Vyas

Tanvi Vyas

Tanvi Vyas is a disability consultant working with young people, adults and families with muscular dystrophy. She has travelled extensively across the UK and abroad and has featured in various media campaigns highlighting challenges faced by disabled people.

Alun Francis

Alun Francis

Alun Francis has been Disability Liaison Officer at Arsenal FC for over 12 years. He has previously worked in the disability sector for the Access Committee for England (ACE) and RADAR (Royal Association for Disability Rights).

Rail Industry Advisors

Ensuring an integrated approach

In addition to front line, operations, and senior management staff from within the projects’ TOC partners, the TOC Ability programme is supported by an Industry Advisory Group. This team consists of key contributors to the development of the UK’s railway network, each with significant experience or focus on delivering improved accessibility:

The TOC Ability hub will enable the GB rail industry to embrace international governance standards for data protection, including compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation Act in respect of sharing sensitive personal data.

Testing during 2018 between London Underground and Arriva UK Trains is hoped to demonstrate how TOC Ability will break down boundaries between rail operators and disabled passengers, advancing the UK rail networks’ overall accessibility.

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