UK Minister for Transport Susan Kramer has announced a share of funding to upgrade 42 railway stations across England, Scotland and Wales, to improve access for disabled passengers.
The upgrade will be financed from the government’s additional £100m fund for the Access for All scheme, with previous works including improvements such as new ramps, lifts or tactile paving.
Network Rail will draw up the detailed designs and cost for each station. The projects will also include improving signage and customer information for all passengers and are expected to be complete by 2019.
The railway stations that have been nominated by the rail industry will be selected for funding based on the passenger numbers, needs of the local area and proximity to facilities such as hospitals or schools for disabled children.
"We are transforming our railways through record levels of investment and improving accessibility at stations is an important part of that," Kramer said.
"These improvements will make a real difference to the lives of disabled passengers and those with limited mobility, allowing them to get to work and pursue leisure activities more easily."
The Access For All scheme will also have delivered step-free routes at more than 150 other stations by 2015, while a further 1,100 stations have already undergone smaller-scale improvements.
The government has invested a total of £460m since 2006 to improve access to the country’s railways.
Image: Forty two train stations will receive a share of a £100m fund to improve access for disabled passengers. Photo: courtesy of UK Department for Transport.