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Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood ‘can see no prospect of replacement or upgrade of ancient [Inter City 125] stock’ in the East Midlands, by the January 2020 accessibility deadline.

twitter @LilianGreenwood, 'Minister failed to answer my question on whether all UK trains will meet accessibility standards by 1 January 2020 deadline. Government & industry have had 20 years to prepare but can see no prospect of replacement or upgrade of our ancient BR stock in East Midlands by then.'

The indications are that responsibility lies mostly with transport secretary Chris Grayling. The accessibility deadline has been in place for years, so how can he justify his failure to plan for it?

In the view of the Beleben blog, the East Midlands 125s could all be brought up to a ‘minimum sufficient accessibility’ standard by equipping just one carriage in each Mk3 rake with power doors and an accessible toilet. But even if these refits were done outside the UK, the January 2020 deadline now looks unachievable.

Written by beleben

February 15, 2019 at 12:04 pm

Posted in Politics, Railways

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