WORCESTER’s Shrub Hill is among 74 railway stations across the country awarded a share of a £300million cash pot to improve access for the city’s disabled commuters.
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.
The 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.
Worcester MP Robin Walker welcomed the cash injection and said the money would make a huge difference to people’s lives in the city.
“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,” he said.
“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 and I will be looking to monitor the progress of this work and will continue to campaign for disability rights,” he added.
Nusrat Ghani, Transport Minister, said: “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 pushchairs.
“I’m delighted to be able to announce their hard-campaigning work has again paid off for the people of Worcester.”