A RAILWAY station in Ealing is set to get a £400,000 facelift but the cash will not pay for the installation of facilities for disabled passengers.

First Great Western, the company who operate trains from the Ealing Broadway, are funding improvements to the booking hall, waiting room and toilet facilities and installing a bank of tube style ticket machines.

But the work, due to start in September, will not see anything done about non-existent disabled access at the station.

Sian Vasey, director of Action for Equality in Ealing, said: "If there is money to spend, then something should be done about disabled access, there has never been any interest in improving it.

"It is not modern thinking to completely exclude disabled people.

"They need, at least, to make some sort of temporary arrangements in the meantime."

Adrian Ruck, a spokesman for First Great Western, said: "Improving the station environment and speeding up passengers journeys are a big part of the plans.

"Improving disabled access will cost a huge amount of money, about £1.5m, but the station will be knocked down and completely rebuilt when CrossRail happens."

Other commuters welcomed the news, which will see two more staff employed to help passengers in rush hour, and travel information screens installed.

Philippa Cardigan, 25, a radio producer from Ealing, said: "I use the station every day, and if I have to update my travel card it can take ages because of the queues.

"The station definitely needs modernising a bit, I just hope that it won't mean too much disruption while they are making things better."