MP helps get funding to give St Erth station step-free access

Derek Thomas with Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani.

Thursday 4th April 2019 10:25 BST

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has welcomed new Government funding which will improve rail network accessibility for people with disabilities at St Erth Station.

The £300 million Access for All Fund will be used to give 73 stations across the UK, including St Erth, step-free access and is the latest move towards the goal of a fully inclusive UK transport network.

Mr Thomas, who met Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani to discuss Access for All, said: “This additional funding will make a huge difference to people’s lives in West Cornwall.

“Over the past few years the Government has embarked on an unprecedented investment programme to upgrade the transport network in the South West – on the railways alone we have seen a new Train Care Centre at Long Rock, improved signalling on the South West network and new high-speed trains.

“Along with the other work taking place at the St Erth Multi Modal Hub, this funding will help to ensure that St Erth station is fit for the future and accessible for everyone so that people with disabilities enjoy the same access to travel as everyone else.”

Nusrat Ghani praised the lobbying of Mr Thomas in ensuring that St Erth station was included in the latest round of Access for All funding.

“Everyone should be able to access our rail network and I am pleased to announce that St Erth will now become a fully accessible station in the next stage of the programme,” she said.

“So far, the Government has delivered step-free access at over 200 stations through its Access for All programme and has now committed a further £300m of accessibility investment.

“Derek has been campaigning to make St Erth step-free so it is safer for all passengers, especially for those with restricted mobility or parents with push chairs and I’m delighted to be able to announce today that this hard campaigning work has paid off.”

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