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23.07.12

Manchester Victoria to get £1m access improvements

Access at Manchester Victoria station is set to be improved with a £1m project, the DfT has announced.

The work is part of the larger £370m Access for All programme, which aims to provide step-free access at key stations, making them easier for less able passengers to use.

Manchester Victoria will see the construction of a new lift to the footbridge, providing level access to the station, and new handrails and landings on the footbridge.

Construction is expected to start in 2013 and will take 16 months to complete.

Rail minister Norman Baker said: “We want everyone to be able to access public transport and that is why the Government has provided £1m to make these vital changes which will benefit passengers using this busy station.

“We are determined to promote equality and fairness for all which is why this week, we have identified a further £100m for the Access for All programme as a whole, to enable important accessibility work to be carried out at railway stations across the country.”

Network Rail route managing director Jo Kaye, said: “We have a major scheme underway to completely transform the station over the next two years, making it almost unrecognisable to its regular users. This cash injection will go a long way towards making the station and its facilities even more accessible than they already are.”

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