£20m Committed To UK Train Station Improvements
124 railway stations across the UK are set to benefit from a host of new improvements, reports . The Access for All initiative has committed £20m to the project which will include new lifts, accessible toilets and customer information screens being installed.
This comes from a new government campaign to improve the journeys of disabled passengers on public transport across the country, improving customer experiences and to create more inclusive environments.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “The ability to travel easily from A to B is an essential factor for our day to day lives – but is not the reality for everyone. I recognise that we have much more to do, which is why we’re making 124 train stations across the country more accessible – a key part of levelling-up access for disabled people to transport and opening up opportunities for all.
“This is just the start of a much more ambitious agenda. My goal is to go much further in the years ahead to help ensure that our country’s transport system becomes one of the most accessible in the world.”
According to research by the Department for Transport (DfT), behaviours that make public transport a daunting place for disabled people are often unconscious, such as not looking out for a fellow passenger who might need a seat or be in distress.
The new ‘It’s Everyone’s Journey’ campaign has aims to create greater awareness of the needs of disabled passengers on public transport, especially those with non-visible impairments, and to prompt the public to consider how their behaviour may impact others.
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