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Passengers to benefit from further access funding

Passengers to benefit from further access funding

DfT announces further £37.5m Access For All funding

Rail passengers are set to benefit from new mid-tier funding from the Government's Access for All scheme which forms part of the wider £370m programme launched in 2006.

Benefits will see better access through the provision of new lifts, ramps, raised “easier access humps” on platforms as well as new accessible toilets, in addition to accessible, step free routes at 148 key stations.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Norman Baker said:

"Major improvements will take place at stations across the country including at London Paddington, St. Austell, Stratford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Ystrad Mynach. Network Rail will also receive funding to add tactile edge paving at 27 stations and £5m to provide 'easy access humps' to reduce the stepping distance between the platform and the train.

"All work at the stations will be completed by March 2014.

"We are also taking the opportunity to increase the funding allocated to train operating companies. This funding will increase from £5m a year to £7m a year for the next three years, beginning in April 2012."