The entrance to the Roma Ostiense train station is finally accessible to people with disabilities and reduced mobility, thanks to the request of Égalité to RFI Lazio.
People with disabilities and reduced mobility in Italy are still widely discriminated against in access to public transport by rail. This problem concerns both the metro in the capital managed by ATAC Rome - where the elevators are a utopia and the stair lifts often fail, as we have seen (1) - and the railways service. (2)
The railway stations equipped with assistance services for people with disabilities and reduced mobility provided by the Sale Blu RFI, according to data updated by RFI (Rete Ferroviaria Italiana), there are about 330 out of 2050. (3) That is to say, 16% of Italian stations. A data very far from the European reference standards (4) and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, 2008).
Rome Ostiense has been for many years one of the emblems ofapartheid and discrimination against disabled and frail people. The recent renovation has neglected the accessibility of the entrance, where the pedestrian crossing ends in front of a step and the only slide, outlawed for excessive slope and hole in front, was hidden behind the garbage cans.
Equality was able to report this problem to the manager of the RFI stations in Lazio, Matteo Mucci. Thanks to the meeting favored by the journalist Rossella Santilli, at theedition 14.6.22 of Buongiorno Regione, tg3 Lazio. And the timeliness of the reply exceeded all expectations, since on 23.6.22 the architect Luca Bernardi of Centostazioni SpA communicated to us that the accessibility of Roma Ostiense had been restored.
The good news is the expression of the will, on the part of the RFI Lazio station manager, to collect our reports on the train stations in Rome and Lazio that require interventions to ensure accessibility. In the perspective of an overall restoration, already in the short term, which can make the use of trains truly accessible by everyone.
We invite those who want to report problems of accessibility and usability of the railway stations in Lazio by people with disabilities and reduced mobility to write to us at Email email@example.com. Specifying the nature of the problems to be addressed, if possible accompanied by some images, in addition to the name and municipality of the station.
(1) Dario Dongo. Accessibility of public transport, ultimatum at the ATAC in Rome, Égalité, 11.6.22
(2) Dario Dongo. Trains and disabilities in Italy, stop apartheid!, Égalité, 17.8.20
(3) FRY. Infoaccessibility (page accessed on 24.6.22). https://www.rfi.it/it/stazioni/pagine-stazioni/accessibilita/infoaccessibilita.html
(4) EC Reg. 1371/07, article 21. Accessibility. On Eur-Lex, https://bit.ly/3bvkzTD
Dario Dongo, lawyer and journalist, PhD in international food law, founder of WIISE (FARE - GIFT - Food Times) and Égalité.