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Govt funds £370m step free rail access

Rail minister Tom Harris has announced additional funding for step free access upgrades to railway stations across England and Wales.

The Department for Transport's £370 million Access for All programme funds the redevelopment of station infrastructure to provide step-free access from the station entrance to platforms.

The scheme also includes features such as improved lighting, hearing induction loops and passenger information screens.

Forty more stations including Stalybridge, Rotherham, Walthamstow Central, Peterborough, Hemel Hempstead, Canterbury West, Alnmouth and Severn Tunnel Junction, will benefit under Main Scheme funding.

A new selection of stations in Scotland will also be announced by DfT in due course.

Network Rail will carry out feasibility studies at each station over the next 18 months to determine what changes need to be made, before they launch into the design and construction of the enhanced facilities.

The upgrades are planned for completion between 2012 and 2015.