Elderly and disabled passengers in the UK will benefit from safer and more accessible railway stations thanks to £37m of funding announced by the TRANSPORT minister.

Transport Minister Geoff Hoon announced that a total of 523 stations across England and Wales will be upgraded to improve station access for people with restricted mobility.

The upgrade is part of the Access For All fund launched in 2006 and will help pay for ramps, lifts and disabled access toilets and parking spaces at railway stations, as well as better customer information screens and public announcement systems.

Hoon said that with passenger numbers increasing it was vital to cater for elderly and disabled passengers.

“We want disabled and elderly people to travel on the rail network more easily and in greater comfort, and I am delighted to be able to announce this latest round of improvements,” he said.

The government’s contribution to this project has been boosted by match-funding from local authorities, Passenger Transport Executives, the Association of Train Operating Companies, Transport for London and train operating companies.

By Daniel Garrun.