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Stockport Council is calling on government to ensure the borough receives funding to ensure train stations can be made accessible for all.
Four is stations in Stockport – Woodsmoor, Davenport, Bredbury and Woodley – are among those across Greater Manchester without step-free access and among those set to be prioritised for improvement in a TfGM funding bid made last year. TfGM is awaiting an update on the funding bid from the Department for Transport’s Access for All scheme, which the council hopes could come in the Chancellor’s upcoming Autumn Statement on 22nd November.
Cllr Grace Baynham, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Parks, Highways and Transport Services (pictured at Davenport station), has called on the Government to ensure that funding is made available to remedy the access issues at the borough’s train stations after previous announcements that ticket offices across the borough would remain open. Cllr Baynham said:
“We’re obviously really happy that the ticket offices have remained open and that railway users will be able to seek assistance ahead of their journeys
“But we are hoping that money is made available for the ‘Access for All’ scheme so the work on further access improvements can start and be completed.
“It is a really important issue, and it will help residents travel around the borough of Stockport and further afield.
“I believe that all stations in Stockport should be made step-free and accessible to all residents who want to use them, and I really hope we hear some good news on Wednesday.”