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16.12.14

Access for All funding extension allows improvements to 26 more stations

Twenty-six rail stations in England, Scotland and Wales will receive a share of £60m funding to improve access for passengers, transport minister Baroness Kramer announced today.

Accessible, step-free access will be provided at each of the stations after the government announced additional funding earlier this month to extend the Access for All programme. Each of the stations will get an accessible route into the station and between each platform via methods such as lifts and ramps.

Transport minister Baroness 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.”

The successful stations were nominated by the rail industry last year and selected for funding according to passenger numbers, the needs of the local area, and proximity to facilities such as hospitals or schools for disabled children.

Detailed costing and design work for each station will now be drawn up by Network Rail, with all of the projects due to be completed by 2019.

By the end of 2019, more than £520m will have been invested in delivering step-free routes at more than 215 stations across the country, while a further 1,100 stations will have benefited from smaller-scale improvements. The rail industry is also required to make access improvements whenever they carry out infrastructure works at stations.

The full list of 26 stations in this round of funding is:

London and the south east:

  • Brondesbury
  • Teddington
  • Crawley
  • Palmers Green
  • Coulsdon South
  • Shortlands
  • Plumstead
  • Selhurst
  • Carshalton
  • Canterbury East
  • Bexley
  • Ewell West
  • Alexandra Palace

East of England:

  • Tring

Midlands:

  • Stechford

North west:

  • Meols
  • Mills Hill

Scotland:

  • Kilwinning
  • Westerton
  • Kilmarnock

South west:

  • Totnes
  • Torquay

Wales:

  • Treherbert
  • Taffs Well

Yorkshire and the Humber:

  • Scunthorpe
  • Headingley

(Image: c. Network Rail)

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