Improvements works coming to Walton station

Walkway: Not the nicest welcome to Walton

Walkway: Not the nicest welcome to Walton

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Walton station will benefit from a share of £100m in the next five years to improve access for passengers.

Last week, the Government announced a list of 42 stations to benefit from the funding between 2015 and 2019, with just five on the South West Trains network.

Stations were selected for the Access for All programme, which is managed by the Department for Transport, according to passenger numbers, the need of the area and proximity to facilities such as hospitals and schools for disabled children.

Walton, along with Barnes, Whitton, Virginia Water and Godalming, will all see new footbridges and lifts installed by 2019.

Jenny Saunders, head of stations for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, said: “We’re extremely pleased that five of our stations have been allocated funding through the Government’s Access for All Scheme.

“This will help to build even further on the work we have been doing over the last few years to improve accessibility at our stations.

“We look forward to working with local authorities and other partners on the delivery of these schemes which will provide significantly improved access for passengers using these stations.”

Baroness Kramer, rail minister, said the improvements will make a “real difference” to the lives of disabled passengers and those with limited mobility.

Since 2006, £460m has been invested in improving access to the country’s railways.

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