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10.07.13

£20m to boost disabled access to stations

Eight stations are to benefit from £20m to improve accessibility, the DfT has announced. The funding comes from the department, as well as the South West Trains/Network Rail Alliance and local councils.

Work will include major improvements to disable access, with new lifts and footbridges, lower ticket counter windows, accessible toilets and step-free access. Improvements will take place at Aldershot, Alton, Brockenhurst, Fleet, Winchester, Wokingham and Worcester Park stations, with the project due for completion in 2014.

Transport minister Norman Baker MP said: “The Access for All scheme is making a real difference to people using the railways. Opening up access at stations and providing step-free routes gives all passengers, including those with disabilities and parents with young children, greater access to employment and social opportunities.”

Tim Shoveller, managing director for the South West Trains – Network Rail Alliance, said: “We are committed to improving access to our stations as this can make a huge difference to people’s lives. Rail journeys don’t start and end at the carriage door. For many people – whether they are elderly, disabled or parents with prams – getting from the station entrance and on to the train can be the hardest part of their trip.

“This major improvement scheme will deliver some significant benefits to our passengers and we are looking forward to delivering it.”

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