Trains with no disabled access at Dumbarton Central and Dalreoch in Dumbarton. Steam train picture by John Kelenfoldi
By Paul Cassidy
A new report published by the Leonard Cheshire organisation has revealed that almost half of railway stations in Scotland are entirely inaccessible to many disabled travellers.
The report states that 47% of Scottish railway stations have no step-free access, leaving the entire network inaccessible for disabled people to travel on.
The findings of the report by Leonard Cheshire puts the UK Government’s 2030 target to make all rail journeys step-free by 40 years at the current rate of completion in serious doubt.
In Dumbarton, there are three stations that are not accessible, which are Dumbarton Central, Dumbarton East and Dalreoch.
Local Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie said:“The fact that almost half of Scotland’s rail stations including three in Dumbarton are inaccessible to disabled people is utterly unacceptable.
“Everyone in our society deserves to be able to travel and commute without barriers. That disabled people in Dumbarton today still face such obstacles is entirely wrong and action must be taken to ensure they are able to enjoy the same quality of life as others.”