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More stations benefit from funding to improve access
type Press release
Accessibility is to improve at 45 more stations in England and Wales, Rail Minister Tom Harris announced today. The stations have been included in the second round of the Department for Transport's Access for All funding.
Access for All is a ring-fenced fund of over £370 million through to 2015. The investment will make stations easier for disabled people to use. It means that passengers will get an obstacle free, accessible route from station entrances, to and between all platforms. The funding is provided over and above commitments made in franchises, the ongoing renewal of stations and major station improvement projects.
Today's announcement brings the number of stations to be improved to 92, with a third round of stations expected to be announced next year. Work will be carried out by Network Rail and completed between 2009 - 2011.
In addition, the Government has allocated an additional £2.5m in the second round of Small Schemes funding. This will deliver enhancements such as ramps, induction loops, improved flooring and disabled parking at over 300 stations. The funding, part of the Access for All fund announced in March, will be matched by funding from elsewhere in the industry, bringing the total level of investment to almost £12m.
Rail Minister Tom Harris said:
"We want to encourage more passengers to use the rail network, and part of that is ensuring that stations are accessible. Lifts, step-free access, more disabled parking and better signage make a significant difference to many.
"These improvements will deliver real benefits for disabled passengers."
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. The stations which have been allocated funding in the second round of Access for All funding are as follows:
Station Region Operator
Audley End EAST One
Harpenden EAST First Capital Connect Ipswich EAST One
Letchworth EAST First Capital Connect Boston EAST MIDLANDS Central
Long Eaton EAST MIDLANDS Central
Chadwell Heath LONDON One
Earlsfield LONDON South West Trains Finsbury Park LONDON First Capital Connect Forest Hill LONDON Southern
Grove Park LONDON Southeastern Highbury and Islington LONDON Silverlink
New Cross LONDON Southeastern Streatham Common LONDON Southern
Thornton Heath LONDON Southern
Twickenham LONDON South West Trains Vauxhall LONDON South West Trains Metro Centre Gateshead NORTH EAST Northern
Barrow-in-Furness NORTH WEST TransPennine Express Blackburn NORTH WEST Northern
Littleborough NORTH WEST Northern
Liverpool Central NORTH WEST Merseyrail
Marple NORTH WEST Northern
Waterloo (Merseyside) NORTH WEST Merseyrail
Bracknell SOUTH EAST South West Trains Burnham (Bucks) SOUTH EAST First Great Western Dorking SOUTH EAST Southern
Fareham SOUTH EAST South West Trains Fleet SOUTH EAST South West Trains Fratton SOUTH EAST South West Trains Gravesend SOUTH EAST Southeastern Havant SOUTH EAST South West Trains Horley SOUTH EAST Southern
Sittingbourne SOUTH EAST Southeastern Southampton Airport Parkway SOUTH EAST South West Trains Staines SOUTH EAST South West Trains West Byfleet SOUTH EAST South West Trains Gloucester SOUTH WEST First Great Western Bridgend WALES Arriva Trains Wales Wrexham General WALES Arriva Trains Wales Northfield WEST MIDLANDS Central
Selly Oak WEST MIDLANDS Central
Sutton Coldfield WEST MIDLANDS Central
Grimsby Town YORKSHIRE AND TransPennine Express THE HUMBER
Keighley YORKSHIRE AND Northern
2. The Small Schemes in the second round of funding are detailed on the DfT website:
3. Access for All funding was announced in March 2006, as part of the Railways for All strategy which explained how the rail industry will improve access for disabled people.
4. Access for All funding for Scotland is devolved to Transport Scotland.
5. Funding falls into two parts:
* Around £35m a year will be allocated to Network Rail to provide a step free route from drop off points to, and between, all platforms at selected stations. The majority of investment is targeted at busier stations in areas where more disabled people are based. Around a third is targeted to ensure a reasonable regional spread. * A Small Schemes Fund of around £7m a year to fund locally focussed and innovative access solutions at stations. The funding is available to train operators, local authorities and other third parties on a match funded basis. The fund will contribute up to 50% of capital costs up to a maximum of £250,000
6. The third round of Small Schemes funding will be announced next year and will be on the same basis and terms as the first and second rounds. The deadline for bids is 24 November 2006.
7. Work is continuing at the 47 stations announced in the first round of Access for All funding in March this year. It is to be completed by 2009.
8. Further information about Railways for All, Access for All and progress are on the DfT website http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_mobility/documents/divisionhomepage/031014.hcsp
Railhub Archive ::: 2006-11-09 DfT-001