Accessible travel across Greater Manchester
There are 96 train stations in Greater Manchester - and less than half have step-free access.
At this rate of progress, disabled people will have to wait until 2070 for all stations to be accessible in Britain.
When people rely on public transport, this is a massive barrier to their independence, employment, and social wellbeing. We’re campaigning to make stations across the UK accessible – starting with Ashburys train station in Openshaw, Manchester.
How accessible is your local station?
In January 2023, our campaigns team visited Bridge College alongside campaigner Nathaniel Yates to kickstart our work on making the local Ashburys’ train station accessible.
Ashburys train station is only 0.3 miles away from Bridge College but is inaccessible. During our visit, students told us that they were travelling by taxi or school bus to College and expressed the unfairness of facing the inaccessibility barrier.
Although the station requires step-free access, Ashburys is number 32 on the Greater Manchester AfA priority list, indicating that it might take years to get funding for accessibility improvements.
Going forward, we will continue to support Nathaniel’s campaign, and work towards influencing change for Ashbury train station. We want the station to become accessible so everybody can benefit from it, whether commuting to school, work or using it for leisure.
How you can take action
- Sign Nathaniel's petition to Stockport Council, 'How accessible is your local train station?'.
- Visit your local train station in Greater Manchester or Stockport and take photos of it if it is inaccessible! Tag @NathanielSAYS and @TogetherTrust in the photo on Twitter using the hashtag #GMRailAccess.
- Sign up for our campaigning updates to hear more about how we are supporting Nathaniel's campaign: https://secure.togethertrust.org.uk/sign-our-latest-campaigning-news-and-opportunities