Rachael Maskell, the MP for York Central, has given her support to a campaign to make rail travel easier for disabled passengers.
Maskell, who is also Shadow Transport Minister, met with constituents with disabilities to hear more about their concerns and subsequently backed the ‘Let’s Get on Board’ campaign.
Organised by Leonard Cheshire, the campaign is calling for stations across the UK to be made step-free.
The move follows evidence published by the campaign organisers which found that steps prevent 33% of people with disabilities from using railway stations in Yorkshire and the Humber
It also revealed 40% of stations in England, 50% of stations in Scotland and 32% of stations in Wales do not have full step-free access available for disabled people.
Commenting on the issue, Maskell said: “Everyone has the right to get to work and visit their friends and family as they choose, but the lack of step-free access at train stations is barring disabled people from travelling independently.”
She added: “Whilst York station itself is step-free, many barriers remain to accessible end-to-end journeys.”
Many disabled people also face difficulties planning travel, due to the unclear information on step-free access from National Rail.
To help alleviate the problem, the charity is calling on people across the country to write to their local rail operating providers to fulfil their duty to disabled passengers and provide step-free access at their train stations.