Around 800 trains running on the UK’s rail network will fail to comply with the incoming accessibility regulations in January 2020.
Numerous rail providers have written to the Department for Transport (DfT) for an extension allowing them to continue to run non-compliant trains, a report from ITV has shown.
As of January 1, 2020, trains are required to have audio-visual information systems, easy to use handrails and handholds as well as an accessible toilet, if toilets are fitted on the train.
With around 800 trains set to miss this deadline, should an agreement not be reached rail companies will not be allowed to run them on the network leading to possible service cancellations.
Rail companies have blamed the delay on issues with stock, noting that trains being built by Spanish manufacturer CAF have been delayed.