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Stoneleigh station is to be modernised and given step free access as part of a £300m programme to improve access for all at 73 railway stations around the country. The work will also give the two halves of Stoneleigh step free access across the railway for the first time. Detailed design and development work for the scheme will start shortly.

Local MP Chris Grayling said: “Local residents have campaigned for years for this improvement, and I am really pleased that Stoneleigh has been included in the latest part of the Government’s Access for All programme. The two halves of Stoneleigh are effectively cut off if you are disabled or have mobility issues, and I hope this change will make a real difference not just to rail passengers but also to local residents who just need easier access to the shops.”