Campaigners lobby for access improvements to eight London stations

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Disability campaigners have protested at railway stations across London in a drive to encourage accessibility improvements.

Eight rail stations in London have been declared “inaccessible” by Transport for All, a campaign group, which claimed that funding for an Access for All scheme had been deferred.

Protestors urged political parties to make funding alterations to make London’s rail network more accessible for disabled people.

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In a report by the Evening Standard, Alan Benson, chairman of the group, was quoted as saying: “The current state of rail access in the UK simply isn’t acceptable. All the parties must commit to restoring Access for All funding, and ensure that our railways are open to everyone.

“Disabled and older people can’t be expected to defer their lives for another five years while accessibility funding is raided to plug holes elsewhere in the Network Rail budget.”

The protests come after London Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged £200m to improve access on the city’s transport network and after it was announced that several key Underground train lines would undergo accessibility modifications.

Meanwhile, it was also reported that government funding to improve disabled access at Luton train station has been cut. The Access for All programme estimated that the refurbishments would be completed by 2013.

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