UK: Station to be Improved in £2.5 Million Project in Time for Olympics

Station improvements worth £2.5 million have started at Wembley Central railway station this week to improve travelling for disabled people in time for next year's Olympics.

Network Rail has started work at four stations across the capital including Wembley Central, providing a step-free route between the station entrance and platforms.

There will also be platform extensions for eight-carriage trains on two platforms, installation of two new lifts, a stairlift, and the refurbishment of the toilets to make them fully accessible for disabled people.

The other stations include Camden Road, Hackney Central and Gospel Oak.

The improvements aim to benefit passengers travelling to watch football at Wembley Stadium, badminton and gymnastics at Wembley Arena, as well as passengers travelling to and from Stratford for the Olympic Park.

The project has been funded by the Department for Transport's Access for All programme.

Mike Brown, Transport for London's managing director of London Underground and rail, said: "Passengers, particularly those who find accessibility a problem, will now experience a much easier journey with the improvements at these four stations."

Mike Goggin, Network Rail's director of stations and customer service, said: "With Olympic and Paralympic athletes and spectators travelling to, from and across London in huge numbers next summer, it's right passengers at these stations have the facilities they deserve."

Network Rail said there would be no disruption to passenger services at Wembley Central station as a result of the construction work which is due to be completed by summer next year.

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