Argyll and Bute has the second least accessible rail stations in the country, new figures reveal.

A total of 79% of stations are not full accessible, second only to East Renfrewshire, where none are fully accessible.

By comparison, West Dunbartonshire has 69% stations not fully accessible and Glasgow is the same.

The areas with the best figures are those with few or minimal stations.

Figures obtained by Scottish Labour were branded "shameful".

Three stations in Argyll and Bute were found to be category A, with step-free access to all platforms.

Another six stations are category B, with a degree of step-free access which might be in both directions or one direction only.

The remaining five in the local authority area does not have step-free acess to any platform.

Jackie Baillie MSP said responsibility for improving access lay with both the UK and Scottish governments.

She said “It is shameful that disabled people are still being locked out of train stations and continue to face significant challenges when travelling in the constituency, including in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute.

“The Tories and the SNP both have a responsibility to make sure our train stations are fit for purpose – but both have failed miserably.

“Our two governments must work together to design a real plan to end this scandal and ensure rail travel is accessible to everyone.

“Residents of my Dumbarton constituency deserve a modern, accessible rail network so our communities can thrive.”

Cardross is category B, with it being level to platform 2, ramp to platform 1 and connecting footbridge with stairs or a long route via public road.

Craigendorran is category A with step-free access to the single platform.

Helensburgh Central is also category A, while Helensburgh Upper is B with a steep ramp to the single platform.

Garelochhead is rated category C with no step-free acess and stairs to an island platform.

And Ardlui and Tarbet is also rated C, again with stairs to an island platform.

A Network Rail Scotland spokesperson said: “Many of our stations date from the Victorian period and were not designed with the needs of all travellers in mind.

“Accessibility improvements across Britain are funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in Scotland by ourselves and Transport Scotland.

“We work closely with both governments, local authorities and our train operators to review accessibility at our stations and upgrade as many as possible for our customers.”

At stations where there are access limitations, the Passenger Assist service provides help to customers who may need it.

ScotRail operates this and it can be used by disabled people who require extra help when getting on or off trains.

Phil Campbell, ScotRail customer operations director, added: “ScotRail is committed to making sure that all rail users have equal access.

"We enable tens of thousands of assisted travel journeys each year, and many more spur of the moment trips.

“Our ‘Accessible Travel Service’ provides free assistance to people who need a little extra help, whether it has been booked in advance or not.

“We’re committed to building on the success of this service, which includes listening to and acting on feedback from our customers, and we’ll continue to work with our stakeholders at all levels to ensure that everyone can travel on Scotland’s Railway with confidence.”

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