73 railway stations set to receive £300 million funding boost to make platforms accessible for all
Revealed by the Department for Transport and Nusrat Ghani MP, 73 selected stations across the UK are set to benefit from a £300 million accessibility upgrade to make the stations inclusive to people with disabilities.
Chosen stations will receive an accessible route into the station, as well as to and between every platform.
The UK Government aims to make travel as easy as possible for people with disabilities or mobility needs. The Department for Transport’s Access for All programme is crucial to delivering this aim; the programme has already delivered an accessible, step-free route at more than 200 stations, as well as smaller scale accessibility improvements at more than 1,500 others.
The Inclusive Transport Strategy, published in July 2018, included a commitment to extend the Access for All programme, announcing an additional £300 million of funding from the public purse. In total, 73 stations are set to benefit from this funding.
The new stations were selected following nominations from the rail industry, which engaged with local authorities and other stakeholders. Chosen stations include Liverpool Central, Market Harborough, Luton, Warwick and Walton-on-Thames.
All work at the stations is due to be completed by the end of March 2024.