Headingley Station gets part of £60million funding for step-free access

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer.
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer.
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A railway station in north Leeds will benefit from increased accessibility as part of a £60million Government funding boost.

Headingley Station, off Kirkstall Lane, is one of 26 stations in the UK to receive a share of the fund to improve access for passengers.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced the news today, which comes as part of the Government’s Access for All programme and will see a step-free accessible route fitted into and out of each station as well as between platforms.

Detailed costing and design work for the improvements to each station will now be drawn up by Network Rail, with all of the projects due to be completed by 2019.

Baroness Kramer said: “Making the rail network accessible to all is a vital part of our plans to build a stronger economy and a fairer society.

“These improvements will make a real difference to passengers – from those with limited mobility, to people with heavy luggage or parents with prams. This is great news.”

Headingley and Scunthorpe stations are the only to benefit from the latest funding in Yorkshire. By late 2019, more than £520m will have been invested in step-free routes at over 215 stations across UK, while a further 1,100 stations will have benefited from smaller improvements.