Sir David Amess MP has welcomed the announcement that Chalkwell Station will receive Government funding to improve accessibility for disabled users.
Chalkwell is one of 73 train stations benefiting from the £300 million Access for All funding package that aims to create a fully inclusive transport network to make it easier for disabled people to use the railways. Over the next five years, improvements including footbridges and lifts will be installed to help disabled people across Britain travel independently.
Sir David met with Transport Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, to hear of Chalkwell Station’s successful bid for the funding. The Minister said ‘Nusrat Ghani, Transport Minister, said:
“Everyone should be able to access our rail network and I am pleased to announce that Chalkwell will now become a fully accessible station in the next stage of the programme.
“So far, Conservatives in government have delivered step-free access at over 200 stations through our Access for All programme and are committed a further £300m of accessibility investment.
Sir David Amess has been campaigning to make Chalkwell step-free so it is safer for all passengers, especially those with restricted mobility or parents with push chairs and I’m delighted to be able to announce today that their hard campaigning work has again paid off for the people of Southend West.’