Equality Act Obligations and the recent pedestrian closure

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The Heavy Metal Handcyclist

Dear Humber Bridge Board,

I write to you in relation to the recent closure of the Humber Bridge to pedestrians and cyclists.

I would like to request evidence demonstrating the discharging of your duties under EA2010 S.149 prior to the closure of the bridge

I would like to enquire as to what accommodations are on hand for a disabled pedestrian or disabled cyclist who would potentially cross this bridge - for example, as part of their commute. As an example of a reasonable accommodation, a free shuttle bus so as to avoid a breach of EA2010 S.20(3) and (7).

Yours faithfully,

The Heavy Metal Handcyclist
(Robert Clarke)

Humber Bridge Mail, Humber Bridge Board

Thank you for getting in touch with the Humber Bridge.
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best support you - we advise that:

* If your queries relate to, paying your toll, HumberTAG, late fees or
Motability/Concessions - please email your query to
[1][email address] or you can create a contact form through the
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* If your query relates to an unpaid toll notification please email
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you have contacted us. However, if you continue to check the website
the system will show them accumulating - please do not be concerned.
* You may also find a solution for your queries by reading our
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For all other enquiries, we will come back to within 7-10 days.
Thank you in advance for your patience regarding this matter.

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Humber Bridge Mail, Humber Bridge Board

Good afternoon Mr Clarke

Thank you for your email.

We understand closing the footways has been a controversial decision that
has not attracted universal support, but we would like to reassure the
public that it has been taken as an emergency response to the
unprecedented and deeply troubling events at the Humber Bridge over recent
weeks. 

It is no secret that there have been a spate of people – mostly young
people from the local area – who have decided to end their lives at the
bridge.

Closing the footways is the most immediate and effective way to prevent
further incidents of this nature and this was our sole consideration when
making the decision. 

As well as protecting emotionally distressed individuals, the measure has
been implemented to protect our staff and the public. 

When these tragic events occur, our staff are the first responders and
have to deal with some extremely distressing and traumatic situations. We
have a duty to minimise their exposure to such incidents to protect their
mental health and wellbeing. 

The Humber Bridge Board currently spends a quarter of a million pounds
each year on measures designed to prevent emotionally distressed
individuals from ending their lives at the bridge. Until last month these
measures have been largely effective. 

However, the recent tragic events are unlike anything we have previously
dealt with and we are working closely with Public Health, local MPs, local
authorities, emergency services, the Samaritans, Hull and East Yorkshire
Mind and other stakeholders to fully understand them and assess the future
risk. While this is ongoing, the footways must remain closed to the
general public.  

We are, however, looking at reopening access to commuters as soon as
possible, to minimise disruption to those who cycle or walk to work over
the Humber Bridge, and we are considering a range of measures to ensure
the situation can be effectively managed once the footways fully reopen.

We hope we have explained the situation as sensitively as possible and
thank you for your feedback and we are currently in the process of looking
at options for pedestrians and cyclists as a matter of urgency.  Once this
has been reviewed we shall release this to all.

Kind regards

Karyn

   

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The Heavy Metal Handcyclist

Dear Humber Bridge Board,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Humber Bridge Board's handling of my FOI request 'Equality Act Obligations and the recent pedestrian closure'.

My FOI was responded to with a form letter; None of my questions were addressed in any way.

Please actually read and respond to my FOI.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

The Heavy Metal Handcyclist

Humber Bridge Mail, Humber Bridge Board

Thank you for getting in touch with the Humber Bridge.
We are currently experiencing an extremely high volume of emails so to
best support you - we advise that:

* If your queries relate to, paying your toll, HumberTAG, late fees or
Motability/Concessions - please email your query to
[1][email address] or you can create a contact form through the
HumberTAG website [2]here
* If your query relates to an unpaid toll notification please email
[3][email address]. Your fees will be frozen from the date
you have contacted us. However, if you continue to check the website
the system will show them accumulating - please do not be concerned.
* You may also find a solution for your queries by reading our
FAQ's [4]here

For all other enquiries, we will come back to within 7-10 days.
Thank you in advance for your patience regarding this matter.

References

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Humber Bridge Mail, Humber Bridge Board

Good afternoon

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for working with us to
enable safer crossings of the Humber Bridge.

We made the difficult decision to close the footways on the 3rd April 2021
after the tragic events of the previous six weeks and this has proved to
be very effective. Since then, we have been working very closely with
mental health charities and partners to set up the Information and
Wellbeing Hub (the Hub) which will be opening on Wednesday 5th May. This
will be led by MIND & The Bearded Fishermen.

The Hub will provide information, support, and signposting to the general
public regarding mental health, ultimately working towards the goal of
reducing the stigma attached to poor mental health. Opening hours will be
limited, to begin with, but will be reviewed regularly.

Other changes we have put in place include additional signage and changes
to our CCTV system. 

All of this now means we can open the west footway on Thursday 6th May
2021. The opening hours will be 5:00 am - 9:00 pm, and anyone may use the
footway.

If you need to cross the bridge between 9 pm and 5 am for work purposes,
please contact us at [1][Humber Bridge Board request email] 

Kind regards

 

Karyn

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