Access to the Rail Network for disabled passengers

Transport Scotland is working in partnership with the Department for Transport (DfT) to improve access to Scotland’s rail network for everyone

Step free access to Dalmuir station

Access to the rail network for disabled people is a matter reserved for the UK government, as it sits within equalities legislation such as the Equality Act 2010.

Scottish Government Ministers, through Transport Scotland, work in close partnership with DfT to identify which Scottish stations should be given priority for improving access for disabled people. In 2006, the DfT published the Railways for All Strategy outlining the UK government's intention to improve access to the rail network for disabled people across Britain.

A key part of this strategy is the £41m Access for All Fund. In addition, the Access for All Small Schemes fund provides ScotRail and other partners with a further £6m of investment to make smaller access improvements at a range of stations across Scotland.

Access improvements, such as the Waverley Steps and Dalmarnock, are delivered through other projects supported by the Scottish Ministers. All new build stations such as Laurencekirk, Caldercruix, Blackridge and Armadale are built to modern railway standards and are wheelchair accessible as will be planned stations for example those serving the Borders Railway.

Transport Scotland and DfT published the updated Accessible Station Design for disabled People: A code of Practice. This details the requirements for providing accessible rail services to disabled passengers.


Progress is being made to improve the design and layout of trains for disabled and other passengers.  Most trains serving Scotland will be refurbished to meet rail vehicle accessibility standards by 2020. The new class 380 trains introduced by ScotRail in 2011 were the first in Britain to comply with the new European standards for accessibility (TSI PRM).

First ScotRail provides details of Scottish stations and train services and their level of accessibility. Information on ScotRail's services for disabled people is available in their Disabled Persons Protection Policy.

Scottish Rail Accessibility Forum

The Scottish Rail Accessibility Forum brings together Scotland's rail industry and disability organisations to ensure that partners work together to improve access to our rail network.

You can find more information about accessibility to the UK rail network at Department for Transport