Our journey started out in Crediton early, so early that I don’t remember the time.
The journey continued in Exeter at St David’s train station, where we got a train to Clapham Junction, and later the Overground tube to Shepherds Bush. The train to Clapham Junction left Exeter at 7:25 am and got there at 10:36 am. On the train we had all managed to get a seat that was at a table. As there was only 4 seats and 5 of us one had to sit at the opposite table and that had ended up being me, Abbie. As the train kept going more people got on, I ended up with 3 strangers on the same table as me.
An addtional problem we had faced on the train was there was no refreshments cart till Salisbury (the one who was meant to get on at Axminster did not turn up), this was hard because we all had to be up early in order to catch our train so people were tired and wanting coffee and food (Abi and Dominic especially!).
You may be thinking why did we do this?
Why is this person documenting their journey on the train?
How did I end up reading this?
Well reader, that is what I am going to explain. It all started with a new project called ‘Inclusive Journeys’ which we are doing with the company Great Western Railway. This project is to help people understand what it may be like for people to get the train if they have 'Learning Disabilities' or 'Autism Labels'.
Each time we go on the train we fill out the #Inclusive Journeys questionnaire, which was created by our very own Tom Burns with the help of everyone within The Turning Tides Project.
Written by Abbie Morl, Published by Eliot Palfreman