Railways: Disability

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Photo of Mark Eastwood Mark Eastwood Conservative, Dewsbury

What steps he is taking to improve the accessibility of railway stations for disabled people.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

As I mentioned to my hon. friend in the chamber this morning, the Government has recently made £350 million available to add another 209 stations to the Access for All programme. The stations he mentioned (Dewsbury, Shepley and Mirfield) were not successful in that round of money, but I would be delighted to meet and work with him to ensure that those stations get the funding they deserve, because our rail network needs to be accessible for everybody. Furthermore, Dewsbury and Mirfield stations are part of the TransPennine Route Upgrade programme which includes options to improve accessibility.

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