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December 18, 2014

UK to provide £60m in funding to improve access in 26 rail stations

UK Transport Minister Susan Kramer has announced that £60m will be invested in 26 rail stations across the country, in a bid to improve access for passengers.

By Samseer M

DfT

UK Transport Minister Susan Kramer has announced that £60m will be invested in 26 rail stations across the country, in a bid to improve access for passengers.

With this funding, all these stations will be provided step-free access into the station and between each platform.

This news follows the government’s decision to provide additional funding to extend the Access for All programme earlier this month.

The ‘Access for All’ programme is part of the ‘Railways for All’ strategy, a programme launched in 2006 to address the issues faced by disabled passengers using railway stations in the UK.

"Making the rail network accessible to all is a vital part of our plans to build a stronger economy and a fairer society."

Kramer said: "Making the rail network accessible to all is a vital part of our plans to build a stronger economy and a fairer society.

"These improvements will make a real difference to passengers, from those with limited mobility, to people with heavy luggage or parents with prams. This is great news."

These stations were selected last year based on the passenger numbers, the needs of the local area, and proximity to facilities such as hospitals or schools for disabled children.

UK rail infrastructure operator Network Rail will develop the project plan and design, and the implementation of the project is expected to be completed by 2019.

According to the UK Department for Transport, more than £520m is expected to be invested to provide step-free routes at more than 215 stations by the end of 2019.

In addition, 1,100 stations will receive smaller-scale improvements.


Image: This announcement by transport minister Kramer will provide step-free access to 26 rail stations across UK. Photo: courtesy of UK Department for Transport.

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