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30 Aug 2018

Nominate your local station for a share of £300 million fund to install step-free access

Nominate your local station for a share of £300 million fund to install step-free access: Gravesend Disability Access Awareness 02

  • Southeastern is calling on passengers, stakeholders and mobility groups to nominate their local station for accessibility improvements that will help disabled passengers, as well as those with heavy luggage or pushchairs
  • £300 million of Government funding has been made available to pay for step-free access at railway stations across Britain; including lifts, subways and bridges
  • We want as much of that money as possible to be used to improve Southeastern stations, and are asking passengers to nominate their local station

Step-free access improvements have already been made at 13 Southeastern stations in recent years, including Herne Hill, Gravesend and Canterbury West.

In July 2018, the Department for Transport published its Inclusive Transport Strategy, and announced that up to £300 million of Government funding would be made available for step-free access improvements at railway stations between 2019 and 2024.

Southeastern is calling on passengers, stakeholders and mobility groups to nominate their local stations for accessibility improvements that will help disabled passengers, as well as those with heavy luggage or pushchairs.

Southeastern’s accessibility manager, Justin Ryan, said:

“We know our passengers want it to be simple and easy to travel by train, including those with mobility issues, heavy luggage or travelling with young children. Most of the railway was built in the 19th Century, and while Victorian engineers were real pioneers, they didn’t design their stations to be as accessible as our passengers expect today.

“The Government is expected to announce in early 2019 which stations will benefit, and we’re asking our passengers to help us make a really strong case, so that a significant slice of the £300m Access for All fund is spent on installing step-free access at Southeastern stations.”

Nominations can be made online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/southeasternrailway and need to be submitted by Sunday 30 September 2018.

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Southeastern Press Office

0330 095 9091

press.office@southeasternrailway.co.uk

Notes to editors

  • On 25 July 2018, the Department for Transport announced that it would be making up to £300m available to fund its Access for All programme between 2019 and 2024, as part of its Inclusive Transport Strategy.
  • The Access for All programme was launched in 2006, and more than 150 stations across the country have already benefitted from £553 million of accessibility improvements.
  • A further 1,500 stations across the country have benefitted from smaller-scale improvements such as accessible toilets, automatic doors, tactile paving and information screens.
  • The Access for All programme was launched in 2006 to address the issues faced by disabled passengers and passengers facing mobility restraints (such as heavy luggage or pushchairs) when using railway stations in Great Britain.
  • The funding is used to create an obstacle free, accessible route from the station entrance to the platform. This generally includes providing lifts or ramps, as well as associated works and refurbishment along the route.
  • The 13 Southeastern stations that have already benefited from Access for All funding are Gravesend, New Cross, New Eltham, Strood, Blackheath, Canterbury West, Denmark Hill, Herne Hill, Lewisham, Orpington, Sittingbourne, Staplehurst and Swanley.

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