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First wave of £2m rail improvement fund put into accessibility at Insch

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A £2m Scottish Government fund designed to improve railways in the country is helping some stations to install access upgrades for less mobile passengers.

Insch station, in the north east of Scotland, has invested £25,000 in improving accessibility after it was allocated money in the first round of funding of the Local Rail Development Fund.  

One local campaigner said that the fact the station was granted the money in the first round of funding demonstrates how the importance of accessibility at the station has been recognised.   

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The Local Rail Development Fund was announced in February 2018 with the aim of providing funding to develop community led options to improve local rail connections in Scotland.

This new fund will enable local communities to appraise and potentially bring forward proposals aimed at tackling very specific, local rail connectivity issues.

Applications were invited to the Local Rail Development Fund from any stakeholder organisation with a responsibility or interest in local transport issues.

Transport Scotland hosted a series of stakeholder workshops across Scotland providing information about the fund and the Rail Enhancements and Capital InvestmentStrategy.. 

It received 35 applications to the fund from various stakeholder organisations including community councils, local authorities, regional transport partnerships, community rail partnerships and rail interest groups.

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