Boris Johnson turns down Hannah Cockroft challenge to spend a day in a wheelchair

Great Britain's Hannah Cockroft celebrates winning Gold in the Women's 100m - T34 Final at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 31, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS Athletics. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
Great Britain's Hannah Cockroft celebrates winning Gold in the Women's 100m - T34 Final at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 31, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS Athletics. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
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The Mayor of London has turned down a challenge to spend a day in London in a wheelchair from Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft.

Boris Johnson declined to take part in the proposed televised challenge after claiming wheelchair access on the tube is so bad he would struggle to get to his appointments on time if he were travelling around the capital city in a wheelchair.

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Hannah, 22, made the public challenge on ITV News when she said: “I would like to challenge the Mayor, just for one day, to go around all his appointments in London using a wheelchair.”

The Paralympian, who hold world records for the 100m and 200m T34 wheelchair sprint described the travel problems she faces such as being unable to exit a station without help.

She also tweeted the Mayor with her challenge but the Mayor’s office confirmed to ITV London that the decision would be to decline Hannah’s challenge.

The Mayor’s office issued the statement: “The Mayor thanks Hannah for her passionate efforts to highlight the challenges wheelchair users face using public transport and will ask Transport for London to work with her to gain further understanding of the issues she raises.

“He is very aware of the difficulties that are posed by our 150 year-old Tube network and that the picture for disabled people travelling in the capital is far from perfect.

“London has one of the most accessible transport networks in the world, but delivering continued improvements is a key priority for the Mayor.”