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Railtrack carries out station audit to improve facilities for the disabled


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Railtrack carries out station audit to improve facilities for the disabled
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date
9 July 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release



Over £4 million will be spent by Railtrack over the next 12 months to improve facilities at key railway stations for people with disabilities. A national audit has been undertaken to assess specific needs and identify areas for improvement.

The audit, which is part of Railtrack's commitment to spending £16 billion pounds over the next 10 years, will cover 200 stations initially and is being carried out in association with RADAR and The Centre for Accessible Environment - both leading organisations with expertise in this field.

The needs of blind people, hard of hearing and wheelchair users are key considerations in assessing needs.

The audits are designed to assess the requirement for improvements to station signs, improved access to platforms, including installation of ramps where appropriate, dropped kerbs, handrails and special telephones. Other recommendations are likely to include voice announcements in lifts and special paving and colour coding to assist the partially sighted. Once completed the recommendations will be assessed the determine the best course of action.

Brian Burdsall, Railtrack's Passenger Business Director said: "Many of our stations were built over a century ago when the needs of disabled people were not considered. We intend to put this right so we can ensure that all passengers, regardless of physical ability, are given every opportunity to use the network."

Reports on the first 50 stations have been completed and the results of the next 150 are due for completion in September. In the meantime, a few fast track projects are already under-way where specific needs have been identified. These include the installation of ramped access at Millom in Cumbria, renovating disabled toilets at Eastbourne, East Sussex and installing lifts at Stirling in Scotland.


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