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  • Access for All

    A major programme improving accessibility at train stations nationwide by installing lifts and ramps

  • Accessibility at stations

    Step-free stations offer accessible routes from entrance to platform. Step-free access not only benefits disabled people or those with reduced mobility, but also people with children, heavy luggage or shopping, and some more elderly people.

    Using the railway reduces congestion on the roads and aids economic regeneration by giving easy access to job markets.

    Occasionally local authority planning issues, heritage matters and other schemes can delay the start date of some accessibility improvement work. While this is out of our control, we understand the frustration this can bring and work tirelessly with our partners to resolve things as quickly as possible, keeping local communities, councillors and MPs up to date.

    Improvements by station

    A-Z of station improvements

    Browse details of accessibility improvements by station name, completion date and location.


  • Easier access to key stations

    Wheel chair users, people with mobility issues, parents with pushchairs, assistance dogs and passengers with heavy or awkward luggage will find using key stations easier. 

    No disruption to journeys

    No train services are affected by the Access for All improvement work. Stations remain open throughout.

    Better facilities

    Lifts are automatic and give an audible tone when the doors open and close. Staircases and platform edges have tactile warning surfaces and there are lowered handrails on footbridges.

    Funding and selecting stations

    The improvements we manage and deliver are funded by the Department for Transport who also select the stations. In Scotland, ministers recommended stations to the Secretary of State for Transport.
  • Image gallery

    Official opening at Pitsea with Julian Drury C2C, Stephen Metcalfe MP and Sean Cronin, NR

    Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP viewing new lifts and upgraded footbridge at Sutton Coldfield

    New footbridge and two lifts at Canterbury West railway station

    New bridge installed overnight at Hooton railway station

    Completed footbridge and lifts at Hooton station


    Completed footbridge and lifts at Staines station

    Start of work at Blackburn station with Rt Hon Jack Straw MP

    Opening event at Grimsby station with Austin Mitchell MP

    Mark Hunter MP testing the new lifts at Cheadle Hulme station

    Jack Straw MP opening platform 4 at Blackburn station


    Wellingborough AfA lift and footbridge

  • External sites

    More detailed information on the Government’s Railways for All Strategy can be found on the Department for Transport and Transport Scotland websites.