Station access to improve for limited mobility passengers

New lifts to be installed at three stations in time for 2012 Olympics.

Slough, Wembley Central and Hackney Central are to be given improved access for limited mobility passengers in time for the 2012 Olympic games.

The stations will be step-free after the Government decided to include them in its Access for All programme.

Three lifts will be installed at Slough station at a cost of around £2.5 million, three lifts will also be installed at Wembley Central station at a cost of approximately £2.2 million and a new bridge and two lifts will be installed at Hackney Central, costing approximately £3.5 milion.

Work on all three stations is due to start in 2011 and is due to be completed in 2012.

Rail Minister Chris Mole said: "These three stations in particular are expecting thousands more visitors wanting to get to Olympic events."

"Creating step-free access at these stations will be a massive help to those with limited mobility, making it easier for them to get to individual sports events. Travellers will continue to benefit from better access at these stations for many years after the Olympics."

Further information:
Department for Transport

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