Improvements to Harborough railway station

Harborough train station is to be made more accessible
Harborough train station is to be made more accessible

Market Harborough is one of five railway stations in the Midlands to receive a share of £110m ofGovernment money to improve access for disabled people.

Rail Minister Baroness Kramer made the announcement this week.

Market Harborough, Lichfield Trent Valley, Warwick, Alfreton and Kidsgrove stations will all benefit from improved access into the stations and between the platforms as part of the Access for All scheme.

Previous work under the scheme has included improvements such as new ramps, lifts or tactile paving.

Baroness Kramer said: “We are transforming our railways through record levels of investment and improving accessibility at stations is an important part of that.

“These improvements will make a real difference to the lives of disabled passengers and those with limited mobility, allowing them to get to work and pursue leisure activities more easily.

“That’s good news for them and good news for the economy.”

A total of 42 stations across England, Scotland and Wales will benefit from improvements as part of the funding.

Detailed designs and costing for each station will be drawn up by Network Rail in due course, and the projects will be completed by 2019.

Network Rail’s managing director of network operations Robin Gisby said: “More and more people are travelling on our railways than ever before, so it’s important that we make taking the train as easy as possible for everyone.

“Better accessibility will mean a better experience for people with reduced mobility, carrying heavy luggage or travelling with children, but we’ll also be investing to improve signage and customer information for all passengers.”

The stations to benefit were nominated by the rail industry and selected for funding according to passenger numbers, the needs of the local area and proximity to facilities such as hospitals or schools for disabled children.