Scottish Ministers, through Transport Scotland, work in close partnership with the Department for Transport (DfT) to identify Scottish stations that should be given priority for improving access for disabled people.
In 2006, the DfT published the Railways for All Strategy outlining the UK government's intention to improve access to the rail network for disabled people across Britain. A key part of this strategy was the Access for All Fund.
The Access for All programme was launched in 2006 to deliver accessible routes at stations and was extended in 2014.
The Access for All Mid-Tier Programme will deliver accessibility improvements leading to small-scale enhancements.
In 2019 seven more Scottish Stations secured funding from the Access for All Programmes. In the main, Access for All has become the vehicle by which station accessibility can be achieved for stations that meet the set criteria.
Some station access improvements are being delivered as part of outputs of other projects such as Electrification, Enhancements and Major Stations Upgrades supported by the Scottish Ministers. All new build stations such as Kintore and Robroyston were built to modern railway standards and are accessible and this will be the same for any planned future stations.
Transport Scotland and DfT published the updated Design Standards for Accessible Railway Station A joint Code of Practice by the Department for Transport and Transport Scotland, which details the requirements for providing accessible rail services to disabled passengers.
Get in touch
If you want to know more about our work on access please contact us at TS_Rail_Directorate_Communications@transport.gov.scot, identifying the subject topic as Accessibility.
Please note that BSL users can contact Transport Scotland using contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the online British Sign Language interpreting.