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£20m government fund for rail disability improvements

11th July 2019

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Disabled woman on platform

Applications for a twenty million pound government accessibility fund are now open to stations across the UK rail network.

Disabled rail passengers will soon start seeing the benefits of the fund in the form of new tactile paving, handrails and access solutions such as ramps, all designed to make it easier for disabled people to travel.

The fund comes a year after the launch of the Inclusive Transport Strategy, a scheme from the government which aims to improve accessibility in the transport sector for those with disabilities.

Inclusive transport strategy

So far, the programme has seen guidance issued which recommends the extension of the Blue Badge scheme, as well as the introduction of an impartial, independent rail ombudsman.

Accessibility minister Nusrat Ghani, said: 'While many take for granted the ability to travel easily from A to B, access for the fifth of people who identify as disabled can be far from straightforward.

'We want disabled people to travel easily, confidently and without extra cost, which is why it is fantastic to be opening this fund today.

'I look forward to seeing what ideas the industry has for accessibility improvements as we work towards a more inclusive rail network.'

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