Train firm invites Fareham sailor to help with disability project

Geoff Holt
Geoff Holt
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A DISABLED sailor who claims he was discriminated against by a guard when trying to get on a South West Trains service has met the travel firm.

Quadriplegic Geoff Holt sparked an outcry after writing on his blog about a guard who was reluctant to let him on an Isle of Wight train in his electric wheelchair.

The firm has apologised to Mr Holt, from Shedfield, near Fareham, and invited him to help a project aimed at improving standards for disabled passengers. The guard has been suspended.

After accepting the offer, Mr Holt wrote on his blog: ‘I am grateful they have suggested a solution which I think will not only demonstrate their better commitment to disabled passengers, but so too their delivery of that commitment.’

Jake Kelly, from SWT, said: ‘We were all shocked by the incident reported by Mr Holt and we are continuing to take it extremely seriously.’