Rail stations across Great Britain receive £20 million funding boost for accessibility improvements

Rail station platform with passengers and hanging baskets of flowers.
  • 124 stations across Great Britain to benefit from a share of £20 million for accessibility improvements
  • latest in a series of improvements by the Transport Secretary to accelerate the pace of change for a more accessible transport network
  • follows launch of new campaign to improve journeys for disabled people when using public transport

Disabled passengers across Great Britain are set to benefit from accessibility improvements at 124 stations thanks to a £20 million government fund.

The enhancements announced by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today (26 February 2020) are funded through the Access for All programme and will include new lifts, accessible toilets and customer information screens.

It comes as a new government campaign launched this week to improve the journeys of disabled passengers on public transport.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

The ability to travel easily from A to B is an essential factor for our day to day lives – but is not the reality for everyone.

I recognise that we have much more to do, which is why we’re making 124 train stations across the country more accessible – a key part of levelling-up access for disabled people to transport and opening up opportunities for all.

This is just the start of a much more ambitious agenda. My goal is to go much further in the years ahead to help ensure that our country’s transport system becomes one of the most accessible in the world.

These improvements are being made through the Access for All programme which, since 2006, has already made more than 200 stations step free, as well as delivered smaller scale accessibility improvements at more than 1,500 others to improve passenger experience.

Today’s £20 million is part of a £300 million package announced last year which is already providing accessible, step free routes at 73 stations across Great Britain, making it easier for disabled people to travel on the UK’s rail network.

Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson said:

Everyone using our rail network deserves platforms and toilets they can use and this £20 million investment to improve 124 railway stations across the country will make a huge difference to disabled people.

This government is committed to levelling up the playing field and later this year we’ll launch a national strategy which will ensure disabled people have equal access to all spheres of life.

This follows the launch of the it’s everyone’s journey advertising campaign to highlight how we can all play a part in making public transport inclusive. The campaign is being supported by more than 100 partners, including First Group, WHSmith Travel and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Department for Transport research has shown that behaviours that make public transport a daunting place for disabled people are often unconscious, such as not looking out for a fellow passenger who might need a seat or be in distress.

‘it’s everyone’s journey’ will raise awareness about the needs of disabled people when using public transport, particularly people with non-visible impairments, and will also prompt members of the public to think and consider how their behaviour might impact others.

Alongside this, the department has also launched its Inclusive Transport Leaders scheme, an accreditation scheme which will encourage, celebrate and promote best practice in inclusive transport.

Operators, such as bus and train companies, are encouraged to sign up to the Inclusive Transport Leaders Scheme, where they will work towards one of three accreditation levels by demonstrating the steps they have taken to improve the travelling experiences of disabled passengers, older people, and those with reduced mobility.

These improvements form part of the wider Inclusive Transport Strategy and supports the government’s ambition of achieving equal access for all on public transport.

The stations to benefit from the funding are:

Bury St EdmundsEast
Colchester NorthEast
Needham MarketEast
NarboroughEast Midlands
Chessington SouthLondon
Ealing BroadwayLondon
Hackney DownsLondon
Kew BridgeLondon
West CroydonLondon
BillinghamNorth East
AccringtonNorth West
AinsdaleNorth West
AintreeNorth West
Altrincham InterchangeNorth West
Aughton ParkNorth West
BacheNorth West
Bank HallNorth West
BebingtonNorth West
Belle VueNorth West
BidstonNorth West
BirkdaleNorth West
Birkenhead centralNorth West
Birkenhead NorthNorth West
Birkenhead ParkNorth West
Blundellsands & CrosbyNorth West
BoltonNorth West
Bootle New StrandNorth West
BramhallNorth West
BredburyNorth West
Broad GreenNorth West
Bromborough RakeNorth West
Bromley CrossNorth West
BrunswickNorth West
Chassen RoadNorth West
DavenportNorth West
Ellesmere PortNorth West
FairfieldNorth West
FarnworthNorth West
FazakerleyNorth West
FormbyNorth West
Hall RoadNorth West
Hamilton SquareNorth West
Heald GreenNorth West
Heaton ChapelNorth West
HightownNorth West
HillsideNorth West
HootonNorth West
HoylakeNorth West
Humphrey ParkNorth West
Hunts CrossNorth West
James StreetNorth West
KearsleyNorth West
KirkbyNorth West
KirkdaleNorth West
LeasoweNorth West
Liverpool Central (Northern Line)North West
Liverpool South ParkwayNorth West
LostockNorth West
MaghullNorth West
MiddlewoodNorth West
MoorfieldsNorth West
MoorsideNorth West
Moses GateNorth West
New BrightonNorth West
Old RoanNorth West
OrmskirkNorth West
Orrell ParkNorth West
OverpoolNorth West
PrescotNorth West
Rice LaneNorth West
Rock FerryNorth West
RomileyNorth West
Rose HillNorth West
Ryder BrowNorth West
SandhillsNorth West
Seaforth and LitherlandNorth West
SouthportNorth West
Town GreenNorth West
Trafford ParkNorth West
Wallasey Grove RoadNorth West
Wallasey VillageNorth West
WaltonNorth West
WaterlooNorth West
West KirbyNorth West
WesthoughtonNorth West
DealSouth East
High BroomsSouth East
TottonSouth East
WivelsfieldSouth East
Dorchester SouthSouth West
FreshfordSouth West
Lawrence HillSouth West
LostwithielSouth West
Nailsea & BackwellSouth West
Parson StreetSouth West
PatchwaySouth West
Severn BeachSouth West
Stapleton RoadSouth West
YateSouth West
Llantwit MajorWales
Pontypool & New InnWales
Lichfield Trent ValleyWest Midlands
WolverhamptonWest Midlands
BarnetbyYorkshire and the Humber
DarnallYorkshire and the Humber
DartonYorkshire and the Humber
DodworthYorkshire and the Humber
ElsecarYorkshire and the Humber
Horton in RibblesdaleYorkshire and the Humber
Hull ParagonYorkshire and the Humber
Kiveton BridgeYorkshire and the Humber
Kiveton ParkYorkshire and the Humber
MaltonYorkshire and the Humber
PenistoneYorkshire and the Humber
Pontefract MonkhillYorkshire and the Humber
Silkstone CommonYorkshire and the Humber
ThirskYorkshire and the Humber
Thorne SouthYorkshire and the Humber
WoodhouseYorkshire and the Humber

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