Railways for All

Transport written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many stations have been identified as requiring access improvements under the Railways for All strategy; and how many have been improved under this strategy.

Photo of Tom Harris Tom Harris Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The consultation behind the strategy identified that over two thirds of the country's 2,500 stations, many of which date from the 19th century, could benefit from a range of access improvements including new customer information systems, lifts and ramps.

132 stations in England and Wales, and eight in Scotland have so far been identified to receive obstacle free, accessible routes. To date, three have been completed with 45 targeted by 2009.

In addition, the Railways for All Small Scheme Programme is currently part funding smaller scale access enhancements at over 500 stations.

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