Research has revealed that 70% of stations in Renfrewshire are still not fully accessible.

The analysis by Scottish Labour, based on recent ScotRail station accessibility information, shows seven stations lack accessibility in some areas.

The ScotRail information also shows that only three in the area are classed as Category A, meaning they have step-free access to all platforms/platform.

These are Johnstone, Hawkhead and Paisley Gilmour Street.

Speaking on a lack of accessibility at stations, the party’s MSP Katy Clark, who represents Renfrewshire as part of her West Scotland remit, said: “This is an issue I have raised with both governments previously.

"The west of Scotland continues to be shamefully overlooked when it comes to infrastructure investment.

“Public transport in the 21st century should be fully accessible to all.

"Our two governments must work together to design a real plan to end this scandal and ensure rail travel is accessible to everyone.

"That must include reviewing ‘Access for All’ funding, which despite its name is failing to ensure all stations are abiding by their legal duties.”

Six stations in the area are classed as Category B in terms of accessibility, meaning they have a degree of step-free access to the platform, which may be in both directions or in one direction only.

Paisley St James, meanwhile, falls into Category C as it does not have step-free platform access.

A Network Rail Scotland spokesperson said: “Many of our stations date from the Victorian period and were not designed with the needs of all travellers in mind.

“Accessibility improvements across Britain are funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in Scotland by ourselves and Transport Scotland.

“We work closely with both governments, local authorities and our train operators to review accessibility at our stations and upgrade as many as possible for our customers.”

At stations where there are access limitations, the Passenger Assist service provides help to customers who may need it.

ScotRail operates this and it can be used by disabled people who require extra help when getting on or off trains.

Phil Campbell, ScotRail customer operations director, added: “ScotRail is committed to making sure that all rail users have equal access.

"We enable tens of thousands of assisted travel journeys each year, and many more spur of the moment trips.

“Our ‘Accessible Travel Service’ provides free assistance to people who need a little extra help, whether it has been booked in advance or not.

“We’re committed to building on the success of this service, which includes listening to and acting on feedback from our customers, and we’ll continue to work with our stakeholders at all levels to ensure that everyone can travel on Scotland’s Railway with confidence.”

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