Accessibility improvements at rail stations

 

February 2015 

 

In 2013 the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) commissioned station accessibility feasibility design work to prepare options for improving some of the stations in West Yorkshire which remain without step-free access with a view to the studies being used to try to secure Department for Transport (DfT) investment and local capital match-funding.  At the end of 2013 Network Rail and Northern Rail following consultation with the WYCA put in an application for Major ‘Access for All’ scheme funding for a number of West Yorkshire stations.

 

The WYCA welcomed the announcements made by the DfT in 2014 that three West Yorkshire rail stations, Headingley, Hebden Bridge and Garforth will receive funding to make them fully accessible as part of its National 'Access for All' scheme.  The improvements will be carried out by 2019.

 

These announcements do however, mean that 13 stations in West Yorkshire are without the necessary funding.  The WYCA will continue to seek other funding opportunities for providing better access at these stations.

 

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