Pressure mounts on Scotland rail network to improve access

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Campaigners have attended a rally outside two of Glasgow’s busiest stations in protest against a perceived lack of access for disabled people.

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) appeared outside Glasgow Central and Queen Street train stations to apply more pressure on bosses to install better access solutions.

Campaigners are concerned about the lack of staff on-board driver-only trains as wheelchair users can be left unaided.

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Currently, disabled people using rail services in Scotland need to give at least 24 hours’ notice for assistance from station staff.

Some disabled campaigners are also urging better lighting to be installed at stations in addition to access solutions.

The news follows a similar protest at London Bridge station last month. National campaigns are gathering momentum and railway stations are running out of options.

It is likely that these continued protests will force rail bosses to look at funding better access across the UK rail network.

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