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Government sets aside £20m funding for nationwide rail station accessibility improvement

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The Government has set aside £20m to improve accessibility at 124 rail stations across the country.

The enhancements announced by the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, are funded through the Access for All programme and will include new lifts, accessible toilets and customer information screens.

It comes as a new government campaign launched this week to improve the journeys of disabled passengers on public transport.

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Shapps said: “The ability to travel easily from A to B is an essential factor for our day to day lives – but is not the reality for everyone.

“I recognise that we have much more to do, which is why we’re making 124 train stations across the country more accessible – a key part of levelling-up access for disabled people to transport and opening up opportunities for all.”

Adding: “This is just the start of a much more ambitious agenda. My goal is to go much further in the years ahead to help ensure that our country’s transport system becomes one of the most accessible in the world.”

Today’s £20m is part of a £300m package announced last year which is providing accessible, step free routes at 73 stations across Great Britain.

Minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, added: “Everyone using our rail network deserves platforms and toilets they can use and this £20 million investment to improve 124 railway stations across the country will make a huge difference to disabled people.

This government is committed to levelling up the playing field and later this year we’ll launch a national strategy which will ensure disabled people have equal access to all spheres of life.”

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