Worcester MP Robin Walker has expressed his delight at the announcement of funding for Worcester Shrub Hill station, and a further 73 stations, that will benefit from £300m ‘Access for All’ funding.

The Access for All programme was first launched in 2006 and has delivered more than 200 accessible routes into selected railway stations so far.  A further 1,500 stations have received smaller scale improvements such as accessible toilets, platform humps to reduce stepping distances and improvements to help those with a visual or hearing impairments. All of the work carried out by ‘Access for All’ comes in addition to access improvements that the industry is required to deliver as part of other projects or renewals of station infrastructure.

This new funding will provide Worcester Shrub Hill station with step-free access, helping thousands of disabled people every day in Worcester use trains more easily to get to work, to access vital services, to travel across the country, and to visit friends and family.

Over the next five years journeys will be opened up across Britain, as upgrades including footbridges and lifts make it easier for disabled people to travel on the UK’s rail network.

The funding will also benefit those with health conditions or older people with impairments, along with people traveling with children, heavy luggage or shopping.

Commenting on the latest progress, Robin said:

“Transport is vital for connecting people with work, friends and family, but also enabling them to enjoy visiting some of the wonderful cultural, historical and natural sites across Worcester and the UK. This additional funding will make a huge difference to people’s lives in Worcester.”

“We want the 13.9 million disabled people in Britain to be empowered to travel independently, which is why I am delighted with the announcement of the roll out of upgrades across the rail network.”

“I am passionate about improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, including tackling the disability employment gap, and I was pleased that 145,000 more disabled people have found employment in the last year. Today’s announcement builds on the positive work being done by the Government, to assist individuals with disabilities in Worcester.”

“This is an area I have continually campaigned on during my years as Worcester’s MP, and following many meetings with disabled charities and constituents, I have pressed the case for better accessibility in rail travel. I know from my own experience, when I undertook a blindfolded walk with Guide Dogs UK, the challenges some people face when using public transport.”

“I will be looking to monitor the progress of this work and will continue to campaign for disability rights”.

Nusrat Ghani, Transport Minister, said:

“Everyone should be able to access our rail network and I am pleased to announce that Worcester Shrub Hill Station will now become a fully accessible station in the next stage of the programme.”

“So far, Conservatives in government have delivered step-free access at over 200 stations through our Access for All programme and are committed a further £300m of accessibility investment.”

“Robin has been campaigning to make Worcester Shrub Hill Station step-free, so it is safer for all passengers, especially those with restricted mobility or parents with push chairs and I’m delighted to be able to announce today that their hard-campaigning work has again paid off for the people of Worcester.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

For more information on the Access for All program, see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/access-for-all-programme

For Robin’s previous press releases on this issue:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/robin-walker-mp-hails-inclusivity-of-new-employment-figures/
https://www.walker4worcester.com/worcester-mp-hails-employment-figures-and-celebrates-disability-confident-initiative/
https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-welcomes-more-seats-and-services-for-worcester-commuters-as-nearly-1billion-invested-in-midlands-trains/
https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-celebrates-delivery-of-accessible-community-minibus/
https://www.walker4worcester.com/drive-to-make-worcester-disability-confident-hailed-as-success/