CHORLEY train station is set to undergo essential modifications to allow for disabled access.

Funding has been provided as part of the Access for All programme after a successful bid from Chorley Council with Lindsay Hoyle MP fighting the campaign with the Minister for Transport and Network Rail over recent years.

Under the scheme funding is used to create an obstacle free, accessible route from the station entrance to the platform.

This generally includes providing lifts or ramps, as well as associated works and refurbishment along the route.

Chorley station is a vital transport link for commuters travelling towards Manchester and Preston, with more and more people travelling to work it is vital that the station is fit for purpose.

The announcement of an additional £300m of funding will enable accessibility improvements at a further 73 stations across the rail network in the next five years. The Department for Transport received more than 300 nominations from the rail industry for funding to deliver these improvements.

Lindsay Hoyle MP said: “I have been campaigning for the government to provide this funding for a long time. Chorley station has not been fit for purpose.

"Following my most recent meeting with the Minister I urged Lancashire County Council – the transport authority - and Chorley Council to support the bid.

"I was delighted that Chorley Council got right behind the idea and submitted an application in time.

"I have already written to Network Rail asking for details of when work will begin and how it can be done at a time that will not cause any further disruption to commuters.”

Cllr Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council said:“Passengers have had to suffer major inconvenience over the last few years so I’m pleased we are finally seeing some investment in the station to bring it into line with all the others that have easy access for everyone.

"We’ve been campaigning for some time for the powers that be to improve the station, which is well-use day commuters and visitors, and I look forward to this work being done as quickly as possible.”