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Scottish ministers under pressure to make over 100 stations accessible

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The Scottish Government is being pressured to launch a ‘major upgrade programme’ across the country’s rail network to improve disabled access for passengers after Labour obtained figures showing 104 Scottish railway stations are not fully accessible.

The party found that 30 stations have platforms that are completely inaccessible and has called on the Government to upgrade sites so that everyone can use the Scottish rail network.

Labour’s connectivity spokesman Colin Smyth, told a national newspaper that Scotland’s public transport system “must exist to serve everyone, but clearly that is not the case currently”.

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He told the Scotsman: “Too many of our railway stations are not accessible, with many not even having disabled access to a single platform. This is simply not good enough.

“New SNP transport minister Michael Matheson must resolve to bring forward a major upgrade programme to ensure our disabled friends, neighbours and family members can use our railways fully.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Transport Scotland insisted that it is operating an ongoing project to improve accessibility across stations in the country.

“At stations where facilities have not yet been upgraded, ScotRail provides alternative travel provision for disabled passengers who request it,” he told the Scotsman.

“In addition Transport Scotland works in partnership with the Department for Transport to identify which Scottish stations should be given priority for improving access for disabled people.

“Part of this strategy is the £41m Access for all fund and the £6 million Access for all small schemes fund which provides ScotRail and other partners with further investment to make smaller access improvements at a range of stations across Scotland.”

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