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Increased funding to improve accessibility for disabled passengers

July 9, 2019

A £20 million fund to help improve accessibility has been launched to mark a year since the publication of the Inclusive Transport Strategy.

 

We have made good progress so far including the introduction of the first ever independent Rail Ombudsman, providing £2 million to build Changing Places accessible toilets in more motorway service stations, and issuing guidance to extend the Blue Badge scheme.

 

In April we announced that 73 train stations will benefit from accessible routes to and between every platform, as part of the £300 million Access for All fund. The programme has so far delivered more than 200 accessible routes into stations along with smaller scale improvements at a further 1,500 stations.

 

The new £20 million fund will be open for applications from stations in need of accessibility improvements, leading to small-scale enhancements such as tactile paving, handrails and Harrington Humps, which increase platform heights.

 

While many take for granted the ability to travel easily from A to B, access for others can be far from straightforward. Taken together, these improvements will open up journeys for disabled passengers, allowing them to travel with confidence.

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