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Railway Stations: Disabled

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 20 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which railway stations in Wave One of the Access for All strategy are (a) fully completed, (b) started but not completed and (c) not yet started. (249529)

Of the 50 stations in the first Tranche (2006-09) of Access for All works the following 17 are complete:

Balham, Exeter Central, Haslemere, Hazel Grove, Herne Hill, Kidderminster, Kingston, Orpington, Purley, Sandhills, Sleaford, Taunton, Westbury, Weybridge, Barrhead, Kirkcaldy and Mount Florida.

Additionally, Boston station has been brought forward from the second Tranche and is complete.

Work has started on site but is not complete at the following 12 stations:

Clapham Junction, Fazakerley, Lewisham, Loughborough, Oxted, Shipley, Staplehurst, Streatham Hill, Three Bridges, Twyford, Motherwell and Rutherglen.

The remaining 21 stations in the first Tranche are in design and procurement, have begun preparatory works on site or prefabrication works off site.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has (a) budgeted and (b) spent on Wave One of the Access for All strategy in (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2007-08 and (iii) 2008-09, broken down by railway station. (249530)

Assets created by the Access for All Programme are added to the Regulatory Asset Base (RAB) by Network Rail, who have a target to invest approximately £35 million, at 2004 prices, for each full year of the programme through to 2015.

Network Rail’s actual spend over the first three years is as follows:

£ million







1 As at January 2009 with £36 million forecast total.

Historical information on individual station budgets and actual spend, broken down by year, is held by Network Rail and their contractors and is not stated here due to its commercial sensitivity.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the guidelines for the completion of improvements to station buildings and platforms in Wave One of the Access for All strategy are. (249531)

Each station selected for the Access for All programme will receive an obstacle free, accessible route into and out of the station, and between each platform. Work is being carried out to the standards specified in “Accessible Train and Station Design for Disabled People: A Code of Practice”. This is available to download at: