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UK rail stations set for £300M upgrade

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Seventy-three railway stations across the UK are to benefit from a new £300M funding pot aimed at improving access for all across the transport network.

The fund will be used to upgrade the stations with measures such as footbridges and lifts over a five year period.

Other stations are set benefit from smaller scale improvements such as tactile paving on platform edges or adjustable ticket counters, to allow disabled passengers to travel more easily.

The Department for Transport said at the end of the works, 75% of all UK rail journeys will be made through step-free stations.

Transport accessibility minister Nusrat Ghani said she wanted to see the 13.9M disabled people in Britain “be impowered to travel independently”.

“Transport is vital for connecting people with work, friends and family, but also to enable them to enjoy visiting some of the wonderful cultural, historical and natural sites across the UK,” she said.

“Over the next five years these newly accessible stations will open up routes across the country, helping us move closer to a transport sector that is truly accessible.”

The stations to benefit from the funding were nominated by people within the rail industry, and were selected based on a range of criteria including footfall weighted by disability in the area, value for money, and local factors such as proximity to a hospital.

The stations were also chosen to represent a fair geographical spread across the country.

Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee chair Keith Richards said: “The Access for All programme has already delivered significant improvements in access to rail travel for disabled people over the last 13 years. It’s crucial to continually build on that.

“The announcement is very welcome and must go hand-in-hand with clear and practical information to ensure that disabled people are aware of what improvements have been made, and that more travel options are now possible as a result.”

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