Manchester mayor seeks powers to impose access improvements on rail stations

Mayor of Greater Manchester, MP Andy Burnham. Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images

The Mayor of Greater Manchester is after new powers from the government so that he can make railway stations in the city more accessible for disabled people.

MP Andy Burnham’s call follows an investigation by ITV’s Granada Reports which revealed the large number of railway stations in Manchester which currently have no access for wheelchair users.

The report showed that out of the 96 stations in Greater Manchester fewer than half (42) have facilities, such as lifts, that allow wheelchair users to access platforms.

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Recently, Mr Burnham received a petition campaigning for accessibility improvements on part of a Greater Manchester train line. People are urging Transport for Greater Manchester to invest more heavily in solutions to improve access.

Across the country disability campaigners and local residents are pushing for councils to invest more in things like lifts which can provide people with limited mobility with better access to the UK’s transport network.

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