Railway Stations: Disability

Department for Transport written question – answered on 14th July 2017.

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Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Conservative, North Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve access to rail stations for disabled people.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

We are committed to improving accessibility of the rail network. Currently 70% of train fleets operating passenger services meet modern accessibility standards, up from just 39% as at January 2011, with the remaining vehicles due to be either upgraded or replaced by 1 January 2020. We are continuing to improve station access through the Access for All programme and other major projects such as Thameslink or Crossrail. By 2019 at least 75% of all journeys will be from stations with step-free access.

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