Equality News Update: BBC News: Access improvements at 73 railway stations

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Access is to be improved at 73 rail stations in Britain as part of a £300m investment, the government says.

Lifts and adjustable ticket counters will be among the new measures brought in over the next five years.

The changes, part of an “inclusive transport strategy”, will help disabled passengers as well as those travelling with children or luggage.

Liverpool Central and Luton in England, Barry Town in Wales, and Dumfries in Scotland are among the stations chosen.

The Department for Transport says the sites were selected based on criteria which included their usage, level of local disability and value for money of the work.

Transport accessibility minister Nusrat Ghani said: “Transport is vital for connecting people with work, friends and family, but also to enable them to enjoy visiting some of the wonderful cultural, historical and natural sites across the UK.

“We want the 13.9 million disabled people in Britain to be empowered to travel independently.”

Since the Access for All programme was launched in 2006 accessible routes have been introduced at more than 200 stations.

A further 1,500 stations have had smaller individual upgrades including accessible toilets and improvements to help those with a visual or hearing impairment.

 

Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47803536

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