73 railway stations selected for £300m disabled access upgrade

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Y Feni, Dumfries, Grays, Liverpool Central and Wandsworth Town are among the 73 stations set to undergo disabled access improvements as part of a £300m overhaul of the rail network.

Several other stations will also see smaller scale improvements such as tactile paving on platform edges or adjustable ticket counters, to allow disabled passengers to travel with confidence.

Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani made the announcement today as part of the government’s ‘inclusive transport strategy’.

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He said that the government wants 14m disabled people in Britain to be “empowered to travel independently”.

“Over the next 5 years these newly accessible stations will open up routes across the country, helping us move closer to a transport sector that is truly accessible,” he said.

Following nominations from the rail industry, stations were selected based on a range of criteria including footfall weighted by disability in the area, value for money, and local factors such as proximity to a hospital.

The stations were also chosen to represent a fair geographical spread across the country.

The Access for All programme was first launched in 2006 and has delivered more than 200 accessible routes into selected stations so far.

A further 1,500 stations have received smaller scale improvements such as accessible toilets, platform humps to reduce stepping distances and improvements to help those with a visual or hearing impairment.

Keith Richards, Chair of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee, said: “The Access for All programme has already delivered significant improvements in access to rail travel for disabled people over the last 13 years. It’s crucial to continually build on that.

“The announcement is very welcome and must go hand-in-hand with clear and practical information to ensure that disabled people are aware of what improvements have been made, and that more travel options are now possible as a result.

“We are working with the government to deliver a commitment to accelerate improvements, to target the funding effectively, and to monitor and assess outcomes.”

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  1. Yet Network Rail does not comply with disability legislation when it installs new footbridges vis Barnt Green.

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