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Three East Anglian rail stations get cash to improve disability access

Needham Market station in Suffolk will received extra funding to improve disabled access. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three railways stations in Suffolk and Essex are to get a share of £20 million of funding to improve accessibility at 124 stations across the country.

The cash will go to Bury St Edmunds and Needham Market stations in Suffolk and Colchester North station in Essex.

The enhancements were announced by the Transport Secretary and Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps and will include new lifts, accessible toilets and customer information screens.

"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."

– Grant Shapps MP, Trasnport Secretary
The Leonard Cheshire disability charity says 30% of stations in the East of England are inaccessible to wheelchair users. Credit: ITV News Anglia

In December, a leading disability charity said that there are still too many stations in the East of England that do not have step-free access.

According to Leonard Cheshire, 30% of stations in the region are inaccessible for people in a wheelchair.

The charity said they expect the Government target to make all journeys step-free by 2030 to be missed.

The government says these improvements are being made through the Access for All programme which, since 2006, has already made more than 200 stations step free.

Needham Market, Bury St Edmunds and Colchester North stations are to get funding to improve access. Credit: ITV News Anglia