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Funding means improvements to disabled access at Wellington Railway Station

By Dominic Robertson | Wellington | Transport | Published: | Last Updated:

Improvements will be carried out to Wellington Railway Station in a bid to create better disabled access.

Wellington Railway Station

The money for the improvements has come from a £300 million government fund to put in better access for 73 stations across the country.

It will be used to create a new accessible route into the station as well as to and between every platform.

Wrekin MP, Mark Pritchard, welcomed the announcement, saying: “This is great news. I would like to thank my fellow Conservative councillors for having worked so hard with me to get this vital investment into Wellington Station.

"I hope the improvements can proceed as quickly as possible. It is vitally important that every disabled person is empowered to use public transport and that they are able to lead independent lives.

"This funding not only improves the station; it also improves the quality of life for many of my disabled constituents."

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Angie Astley, Telford & Wrekin Council’s assistant director for Neighbourhood and Customer Services, said: “Following on from our project to improve access at Telford Central station, this is a huge win and will result in improved access at Wellington station.

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“It is also funding that we have lobbied for through our involvement with West Midlands Rail and other stakeholders.

“This is great news for everyone who uses Wellington station and will mean a significant upgrade to the facilities for disabled people so is very much to be welcomed.

“The scheme will be led by West Midlands Trains and Network Rail so will not require any direct investment from the council.”

Nusrat Ghani, Transport Minister, who announced the funding, said: “Everyone should be able to access our rail network. Mark has been campaigning to make Wellington Station step-free and I’m delighted to announce that his hard work has paid off."

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