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Region's railway stations to benefit from improvement works

New funding aims to better access for disabled people at trio of West Midlands stations

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A trio of West Midlands railway stations are to share in a £100 million programme of works aimed at improving access for disabled passengers.

Lichfield Trent Valley, Warwick and Kidsgrove are among 42 sites across the UK which will receive the capital investment courtesy of the Government's Access for All funding.

Previous work under the initiative new ramps, lifts or tactile paving.

Rail Minister Baroness Kramer said: "We are transforming our railways through record levels of investment and improving accessibility at stations is an important part of that.

"These improvements will make a real difference to the lives of disabled passengers and those with limited mobility, allowing them to get to work and pursue leisure activities more easily. That's good news for them and good news for the economy."

Detailed designs and costing for each station will be drawn up by Network Rail and the projects will be completed by 2019.

Managing director of network operations Robin Gisby said: "More and more people are travelling on our railways than ever before so it's important we make taking the train as easy as possible for everyone.

"Better accessibility will mean a better experience for people with reduced mobility, carrying heavy luggage or travelling with children but we'll also be investing to improve signage and customer information."

The stations were nominated by the rail industry and selected for funding according to passenger numbers, needs of the local area and proximity to facilities such as hospitals or schools for disabled children.

The Government said £460 million had been invested in improving access to railways since 2006 and, in addition to the 42 stations announced in this latest tranche, Access For All will have delivered step-free routes at more than 150 other stations by 2015.

 
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