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Greater Manchester transport leaders call for more accessible rail station funding
05 September 2014
Transport leaders today called on government for increased funding to improve access to the 54 local rail stations in Greater Manchester that still do not have step-free access.
At a meeting of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee’s Capital Projects and Policy sub-committee, members unanimously backed a motion calling for funding to allow step-free access to all Greater Manchester stations within the next 10 years.
There are currently 96 stations in Greater Manchester, and 42 (44%) are defined as accessible, improving on the national average of around 80% stations across the country without step-free access to every platform.
Last year Greater Manchester submitted a bid to the Department for Transport’s national Access for All fund – which offers £100 million for accessibility improvements between 2014-19.
However, no Greater Manchester stations were among the 42 across the country approved for accessibility funding improvements.
If a station is inaccessible, train operating companies have to provide alternative transport, at no extra cost above the ticket price, to the nearest or most convenient station.
More M5000 LRVs for Manchester
Friday, September 12, 2014
TRANSPORT for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has placed an order worth £34m with a consortium of Bombardier and Vossloh Kiepe for 16 additional M5000 Flexity LRVs for the city's expanding Metrolink light rail network.
The vehicles are due to be delivered by 2017 and will take Metrolink's M5000 fleet to 120 units.
The additional order has been funded through the British government's Local Growth Fund. TfGM says it initially expected the funding to pay for 12 trams, but favourable exchange rates and the lower unit cost of a larger order prompted it to buy four additional vehicles