North Yorkshire rail station to get share of £100m of government funding to make it fully accessible

Darlington and Stockton Times: Northallerton station Northallerton station

A NORTH Yorkshire station is to benefit from a share of £100m of government funding to make it fully accessible for disabled passengers.

Rail Minister Baroness Susan Kramer has today announced that 42 train stations across England, Scotland and Wales will receive a share of the cash to make improvements such as new ramps, lifts or tactile paving.

Northallerton station is one of three in Yorkshire to receive a share – part of the Access for All scheme - although the amount it will get has not yet been determined, nor has the specific work to take place.

Baroness Kramer said: “We are transforming our railways through record levels of investment and improving accessibility at stations is an important part of that.

“These improvements will make a real difference to the lives of disabled passengers and those with limited mobility, allowing them to get to work and pursue leisure activities more easily.

“That’s good news for them and good news for the economy.”

Detailed designs and costing for each station will soon be drawn up by Network Rail and the projects will be completed by 2019.

Robin Gisby, managing director of network operations at Network Rail, said: “More people are travelling on our railways than ever before, so it’s important that we make taking the train as easy as possible for everyone.

“Better accessibility will mean a better experience for people with reduced mobility, carrying heavy luggage or travelling with children, but we’ll also be investing to improve signage and customer information for all passengers.”

The stations were nominated by the rail industry and selected for funding according to passenger numbers, the needs of the local area and proximity to facilities such as hospitals or schools for disabled children.

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6:03pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Pinza-C55 says...

"Train stations". Grrrrrr.
"Train stations". Grrrrrr. Pinza-C55
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7:43pm Tue 29 Apr 14

gerry1962 says...

Wish the loo at York could be refurbished - it's disgusting!
Wish the loo at York could be refurbished - it's disgusting! gerry1962
  • Score: 4

8:54pm Tue 29 Apr 14

pault42 says...

Surely under the Disability Discrimination Act then access for disabled individuals is a right, not something that should be handed out to some stations. I thought that anyone supplying a service to the public had to ensure that ALL people could access that service. And rightly so.
Surely under the Disability Discrimination Act then access for disabled individuals is a right, not something that should be handed out to some stations. I thought that anyone supplying a service to the public had to ensure that ALL people could access that service. And rightly so. pault42
  • Score: 11

8:56pm Tue 29 Apr 14

pault42 says...

Sorry another rant - work should be completed by 2019!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
! Good grief
Sorry another rant - work should be completed by 2019!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! Good grief pault42
  • Score: 4

9:45pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Stevie D says...

pault42 wrote:
Surely under the Disability Discrimination Act then access for disabled individuals is a right, not something that should be handed out to some stations. I thought that anyone supplying a service to the public had to ensure that ALL people could access that service. And rightly so.
There is usually a derogation for buildings already in situ, where adaptations cannot reasonably be made.

Unfortunately cost is always a factor, and if Network Rail had to make all stations wheelchair accessible within let's say 10 years, it would bankrupt the industry. So unsurprisingly, work is focused around key stations.

Selby is another station that could do with improvement – the only way for people in wheelchairs to get to/from the westbound platforms is over a barrow crossing, for which they must be accompanied by a member of station staff. But the station is not staffed late in the evening, meaning that it stops being accessible at 7.45pm (7pm on Sunday). Given the catchment size of the station, it's certainly one that would benefit from the work.
[quote][p][bold]pault42[/bold] wrote: Surely under the Disability Discrimination Act then access for disabled individuals is a right, not something that should be handed out to some stations. I thought that anyone supplying a service to the public had to ensure that ALL people could access that service. And rightly so.[/p][/quote]There is usually a derogation for buildings already in situ, where adaptations cannot reasonably be made. Unfortunately cost is always a factor, and if Network Rail had to make all stations wheelchair accessible within let's say 10 years, it would bankrupt the industry. So unsurprisingly, work is focused around key stations. Selby is another station that could do with improvement – the only way for people in wheelchairs to get to/from the westbound platforms is over a barrow crossing, for which they must be accompanied by a member of station staff. But the station is not staffed late in the evening, meaning that it stops being accessible at 7.45pm (7pm on Sunday). Given the catchment size of the station, it's certainly one that would benefit from the work. Stevie D
  • Score: 9

11:26pm Tue 29 Apr 14

GrindletonBob says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
"Train stations". Grrrrrr.
Totally agree Pinza! Grrrr exactly...

Note to reporter - York has a reputation as a railway city and it has a railway station. It does NOT have a train station as it's not in America!

Roadsigns in this country refer to "railway stations" not train stations!
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: "Train stations". Grrrrrr.[/p][/quote]Totally agree Pinza! Grrrr exactly... Note to reporter - York has a reputation as a railway city and it has a railway station. It does NOT have a train station as it's not in America! Roadsigns in this country refer to "railway stations" not train stations! GrindletonBob
  • Score: 5

6:20am Wed 30 Apr 14

chrisatyork says...

gerry1962 wrote:
Wish the loo at York could be refurbished - it's disgusting!
gonna be refurbished, gents on plat 4 getting demolished and put next to ladies on main concourse
[quote][p][bold]gerry1962[/bold] wrote: Wish the loo at York could be refurbished - it's disgusting![/p][/quote]gonna be refurbished, gents on plat 4 getting demolished and put next to ladies on main concourse chrisatyork
  • Score: 1

1:17pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Oncebitten says...

GrindletonBob wrote:
Pinza-C55 wrote:
"Train stations". Grrrrrr.
Totally agree Pinza! Grrrr exactly...

Note to reporter - York has a reputation as a railway city and it has a railway station. It does NOT have a train station as it's not in America!

Roadsigns in this country refer to "railway stations" not train stations!
GB I could not agree more.
The standard of reporting on this website is well......very sub standard.
[quote][p][bold]GrindletonBob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: "Train stations". Grrrrrr.[/p][/quote]Totally agree Pinza! Grrrr exactly... Note to reporter - York has a reputation as a railway city and it has a railway station. It does NOT have a train station as it's not in America! Roadsigns in this country refer to "railway stations" not train stations![/p][/quote]GB I could not agree more. The standard of reporting on this website is well......very sub standard. Oncebitten
  • Score: 4

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