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The Department of Transport has announced a new partnership with the charity, Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK).  The two organisations will work together to build more accessible toilets across England’s motorway service areas, which will make journeys easier for disabled people.  The Department of Transport has allocated £2 million of funding and the toilets will be built in the early 2020s.  The funding is part of the government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy which aims to provide equal access to the transport network by 2030.  Transport Accessibility Minister, Nusrat Ghani, commented on the funding, saying “it is not good enough that only 15 out of England’s 112 motorway service areas currently have facilities that all disabled people can use with confidence.  I am committed to delivering an inclusive transport network, and our partnership with MDUK is the next step in ensuring that everyone, disabled or not, can use our roads”

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