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Southern stations set for accessibility and passenger information improvements

Southern stations set for accessibility and passenger information improvements

Southern has announced that over £1million worth of accessibility and passenger information improvements are set to be made to stations across the Southern network this year.

Source: Southern Railway
Date: 21 May 2014

Southern has announced that over £1million worth of accessibility and passenger information improvements are set to be made to stations across the Southern network this year.

The funding comes jointly from the Southern funded annual minor access works fund and the Department for Transport’s Small Schemes Fund (part of the Access for All programme).

Investment will be made on access improvements at 10 stations, including Brighton, Bognor Regis, Gatwick Airport and East Croydon. Suggestions for improvements have been put forward by passengers and staff so that Southern can invest in improvements that are most needed and valued by our passengers.

Also included in the improvements will be additional hearing loops at selected stations, more station wheelchairs and new guides and leaflets to assist passengers who have specific access needs use the Southern network.

Kirsty Monk, Southern’s Accessibility Manager said: “It is great that year on year we have more money to invest in access improvements across our network. We believe in listening to our passengers to find where this investment is most needed and targeting the improvements. I therefore believe that this investment will enhance the investment and effort in improving access across the network and support our passengers to use our network by removing barriers to access and promoting our accessibility.”

As part of the improvements, Southern has identified some stations that could be made step free. Therefore some of the investment this year will be undertaking a feasibility study into how this can be achieved at these stations.

The improvements are due to be completed by July next year.

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