ABINGDON'S MP has hit out after it was revealed hat Radley Station won't receive Government funding for step free access on both platforms.

Layla Moran has pledged to continue lobbying for the station to be included in future upgrade programmes, and to campaign to improve cycle routes facilities nearby.

£300 million available from the Department for Transport to make stations accessible for disabled people as part of an ‘Access for All’ programme.

But it was revealed in Parliament that Radley was not on the shortlist.

Responding to a Parliamentary question from Layla Moran, Government Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani said Radley would therefore not be assessed for inclusion in the Access for All programme.

There is ramped access from the station car park to the Oxford-bound platform, but those disabled passengers needing to travel towards Didcot are asked to go north to Oxford, change platforms there and then re-trace their journey back through Radley in the other direction.

Ms Moran said: “It is a real disappointment - especially as more and more people are using the station. Official statistics show a huge rise in the number of people using the station – from 85,000 in 2010/11 up to 145,000 in 2016/17.

“I’ll be keeping up the fight for full step-free access."