Seven stations across Stockport are set to receive a share of £20 million of funding made available by the Department for Transport (DfT) to fund accessibility improvements on the UK rail network.
In total, 124 stations across the country will receive funding as part of a government campaign launched to improve experiences for disabled travellers on Britain’s public transport.
The DfT funding will pay for improvements such as new lifts, accessible toilets and customer information screens on train stations in Stockport and nationwide. The Stockport stations to benefit from the funding are:
- Heald Green
- Heaton Chapel
- Rose Hill
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
The ability to travel easily from A to B is an essential factor for our day to day lives – but is not the reality for everyone.
“I recognise that we have much more to do, which is why we’re making 124 train stations across the country more accessible – a key part of levelling-up access for disabled people to transport and opening up opportunities for all.
“This is just the start of a much more ambitious agenda. My goal is to go much further in the years ahead to help ensure that our country’s transport system becomes one of the most accessible in the world.”
Stockport station in the town centre is also due to receive accessibility upgrades as part of Avanti’s awarding of the West Coast rail franchise from Virgin Trains last year.