1. ITV Report

Disabled access improvements announced for four train stations in Wales

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Four train stations in Wales are set to receive funding from the UK Government to help improve access for disabled passengers.

The £20m improvements - which will benefit a number of trains stations across the UK - will include new lifts, accessible toilets and customer information screens.

The four stations to see accessibility improvements in Wales are:

  • Grangetown
  • Llantwit Major
  • Neath
  • Pontypool & New Inn
Grangetown Station is currently only accessible by climbing a steep set of steps Credit: ITV Wales

It follows the launch of a campaign to improve journeys for disabled people when using public transport.

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.

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.

– Grant Shapps MP, Transport Secretary

A spokesperson from the charity Disability Wales said they were "delighted" to hear about the funding announcement.

They said: "Train stations can be extremely problematic for many disabled people. Old stations were not built with disabled people in mind and therefore lack vital provisions, such as accessible toilets and changing place facilities, lifts and clear signage. As a result disabled people’s ability to travel by rail is limited. Modernisation is long overdue in order for disabled people to travel by rail, along with everyone else”.