20 million pounds to be invested to improve train access for disabled people

20 million pounds to be invested to improve train access for disabled people

Disabled rail passengers across the UK are set to benefit from a raft of accessibility improvements with 20 million pounds of funding available.

Key commitments delivered in the last 12 months include the introduction of the first ever impartial independent Rail Ombudsman, to make sure passengers get a fair deal when train companies fall short, and the launch of a £2 million fund

Nusrat Ghani, Accessibility Minister, said "While many take for granted the ability to travel easily from A to B, access for the fifth of people who identify as disabled can be far from straightforward.

"We want disabled people to travel easily, confidently and without extra cost, which is why it is fantastic to be opening this fund today.

"I look forward to seeing what ideas the industry has for accessibility improvements as we work towards a more inclusive rail network.

"The £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. Taken together, these improvements will open up journeys for disabled passengers, allowing them to travel with confidence."

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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