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Department for Transport

Access improvements set for hundreds of stations
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date
5 Feb 2009 13:09
source Department for Transport
type Press release

note DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT News Release (021) issued by COI News Distribution Service. 5 February 2009


Elderly and disabled passengers will benefit from safer and more accessible railway stations thanks to a multi-million pound Government cash boost, Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon announced today.

A total of 523 stations across England and Wales will be upgraded thanks to 37 million of funding, which includes a 6.1 million contribution from the Department for Transport to improve station access for people with restricted mobility.

The Government's contribution, which has been allocated from its 370million Access for All fund, will help pay for ramps, lifts and disabled access toilets and parking spaces at railway stations as well as better customer information screens and public announcement systems.

The Access for All fund, launched with a 370 million Government funding pot in 2006, is an on-going programme to transform train stations across England and Wales by improving accessibility for people with limited mobility.

Geoff Hoon said:

"We want disabled and elderly people to travel on the rail network more easily and in greater comfort and I am delighted to be able to announce this latest round of improvements.

"Railways should be for everyone and with passenger numbers increasing, it's vital we can cater for disabled and elderly people in this country."

In this latest funding round, the Government's contribution is boosted by match-funding from local authorities, Passenger Transport Executives, the Association of Train Operating Companies, Transport for London and train operating companies.

Notes to editors

1. The 370 million Access for All initiative was launched in March 2006 to fund the redevelopment of train stations across England, Scotland and Wales.

2. Access for All comes under the DfT's Railways for All strategy, launched in March 2006, which sets out what the rail industry is doing to improve access.

3. Organisations such as Councils, charities and regional transport executives are invited each year to bid for funding from the Access for All fund. The funding must be matched by financial contributions from the region. Unsuccessful bidders are encouraged to resubmit their application in following years.

4. A full list of the stations benefitting from the scheme can be found at the Department for Transport's website at http://www.dft.gov.uk.

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