Award for work to create better railway stations

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WORK costing £3.5 million to improve disabled access at South Yorkshire rail stations has won transport bosses a national award.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and the Department for Transport were honoured in the Dedication to Access for All category at the National Transport Awards.

The award recognises the huge strides which have been made in ensuring that those who have mobility issues are not compromised in being able to access public transport and its infrastructure.

Funding has been secured to improve accessibility of the 29 rail stations in South Yorkshire, despite the national and local squeeze on budgets.

Details of improvements are new shelters at seven stations, improved signs at 17 stations, new ramps, paving and handrails at 18 stations, better accessible ticket and toilet facilities, lighting upgrades at nine stations and more disabled parking at 13 stations

As a result of all this work the number of disabled passengers travelling by train has doubled in the last five years, SYPTE said.