Sandbach Station: Access

Department for Transport written question – answered on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to ensure that increasing accessibility at Sandbach railway station is included in the Government's disability action plan.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), The Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

I am committed to improving access at all stations. Last year we published the Inclusive Transport Strategy which sets out what we are doing to improve access across all transport modes. As part of this, we extended our Access for All programme with an additional £300m of funding. This provides accessibility improvements over and above those required by the rail industry itself. Stations are nominated by the rail industry bodies who can work alongside local authorities and Members of Parliament. Stations are selected for funding through a prioritisation and assessment process. Sandbach was not nominated for this funding.

We will continue to seek further opportunities, and funding, to make more improvements.

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