Government Announce Funding to Improve Railway Station Accessibility

The Government has today launched its Inclusive Transport Strategy, which sets out plans to ensure disabled people have the same access to transport and opportunities to travel as everyone else, irrespective of whether their impairment is visible or less visible.

 

This announcement includes extending the ‘Access for All’ scheme until 2024 and providing up to £300m for improvements to rail infrastructure.

 

North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt said: “I am delighted that the Access for All scheme will continue; this is vital funding which will essential to help make the much needed changes to Biggleswade Station.

 

“Constituents will know that I have been meeting with Govia Thameslink, Network Rail, local Councillors and disability campaigners to move forward with the campaign for improvements to the Station. We have had two productive meetings so far this year and I have organised a further meeting for September to see what progress has been made. The work to Biggleswade will be part of a wider plan to improve parking and public transport provision to and from the station.

 

I am hopeful that the stakeholders involved will soon be in a position to bid for Access for All funding to allow these works to come to fruition. Once we have more details about the plans being considered, we will hold a public meeting to ensure rail users have a chance to comment on the options available.”

 

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Note: Details of the Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inclusive-transport-strategy/the-inclusive-transport-strategy-achieving-equal-access-for-disabled-people