Railway stations across the region will have better access, after the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) secured £548,000 of Government funding.
The investment will support access improvements at Freshford, Lawrence Hill, Nailsea & Backwell, Parson Street, Patchway, Severn Beach, Stapleton Road and Yate stations. Work is anticipated to begin at some stations in April and roll out across the region later in the year.
WECA’s successful bid to the Government’s ‘Access for All’ fund focused on a range of improvements based on what rail passengers had said were important to them in GWR surveys. These included better awareness of rail services; improved integration of rail services with other travel options; improved signage and wayfinding to connect stations with communities; replacement of old-style shelters with modern, accessible facilities; and a more consistent offer across the West of England area.
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “I want to make sure our transport network works for all our residents, whether that’s building new stations and railway lines; accommodating the significant growth in passengers we’ve seen in the last 10 years, or making our stations more accessible.
“This additional funding we have secured will improve eight stations in the West of England and help bring them up to my new MetroWest standard, with new waiting areas, accessible stations and better signage.
“My MetroWest rail plans will bring improved rail access for 80,000 people across the region and, as part of my vision for inclusive growth, it’s crucial that those new services are fully accessible.”