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make Tower Bridge and the Thames Paths similarly accessible; London's equivalent to the 'Great Wall'. He was in the process of pushing for as many access improvements as he could get in time for 2012, when he sadly died in April.

A quote from David Morris’s Turning toward the river:

"Providing an inclusive link between the Tower of London and City Hall which are currently separated by difficult stairways would leave a legacy for generations inspired by London 2012."

A satellite image of the Thames running through the heart of London. Courtesy ESA

In January 2010 David Morris presented a discussion paper entitled 'Turning toward the river'. In it he suggested that London's river walks could be made far more accessible to create what he described as a 'Paralympic inclusive environment'. His vision was for a wheelchair accessible Thames-side route running from Greenwich to Vauxhall. His idea was to use the Thames Path on the northern side of the river between the Greenwich Foot Tunnel and Tower Bridge and then the southern Thames Path on to Vauxhall.

Many obstacles were identified. These included kerbs; cobbled stretches; narrow pavements; construction works and awkward fencing. There is also no step free access either side of Tower Bridge; a key link. David had been to Athens and Beijing. He was impressed by their efforts that allowed him, a wheelchair user, to experience the Acropolis and the Great Wall as others could.

Anticipating over 100,000 additional wheelchair users coming into London over the course of the Olympic Games, he hoped he could  


David Morris's vision of a Paralympic Inclusive environment

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