The Disability Design Reference Group would like to pay tribute to a much loved member and friend, Tony Jenkins, who has recently died.
Tony had been a member of the DDRG for four years, and brought with him a wealth of expertise both from a professional background in Marine Engineering, to his lived experience of being a disabled person using public transport regularly.
Tony shared our values and passion for creating a public transport infrastructure that is accessible for all.
At each meeting and site visit, he contributed views with careful consideration on project design features that would make travelling as a disabled person more accessible. His suggestions and comments have led to changes and improvements on tram stops and bus shelters across Greater Manchester.
Tony was an avid motor sport fan since childhood and enjoyed fishing with friends.
He volunteered extensively with Royal National Society for Blind People and Action for Blind People Management advisory group.
Customer Experience Manager at TfGM Lucy Howard said, “ Tony was a valuable member of the DDRG and provided considered and expert feedback on projects and schemes over the years.
“His input had a real impact on design and I know when I’m travelling on the network I’ll look and see areas where his feedback has made a positive change and remember him.”
DDRG facilitator Andy Walker said, “The news of Tony’s bereavement has brought great sadness to our group and the friendships within It.
“Working with Tony in every way was a delight, not only was he a well loved character his attention to detail, desire to support his community and others within the group and his detailed level of technical understanding were quite simply outstanding. My deepest sympathies go to his nearest and dearest loved ones, he will be sadly missed in the group.