Fully accessible Changing Places toilets to be installed at 22 English service stations

Fully accessible Changing Places toilets to be installed at 22 English service stations
Fully accessible Changing Places toilets to be installed at 22 English service stations

Nearly two dozen service stations along England’s motorways are to install toilets suitable for people with disabilities who are unable to use standard accessible facilities.

A total of 22 service stations have been awarded Government funding to introduce fully accessible Changing Places toilets to their premises, the Department of Transport (DfT)  has announced.

An estimated quarter of a million people cannot use standard disabled toilets. This is due to issues such as severely limited mobility, with many people requiring bulky equipment or assistance from one or more carers to get on and off the toilet or to have their continence pads changed.

Changing Places toilets are more spacious and come equipped with adult-sized changing benches and hoists, allowing people with conditions such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy to use the bathroom safely and comfortably.

New Changing Places toilet locations

Motorway Service Station Motorway County
Moto rugby M6 Warwickshire
Knutsford Services NB M6 Cheshire
Ferrybridge Services M62 West Yorkshire
Reading EB M4 Berkshire
Heston WB M4 Greater London
Hilton Park SB M6 Staffordshire
Strensham North M5 Worcestershire
Tibshelf South M1 Derbyshire
Tibshelf North M1 Derbyshire
Taunton Deane North M5 Somerset
Strensham South M5 Worcestershire
Sedgemoor M5 Somerset
Rownhams South M27 Hampshire
Northampton South M1 Northamptonshire
Northampton North M1 Northamptonshire
Maidstone M20 Kent
Durham A1(M) County Durham
Clacket Lane West M25 Surrey
Chester MSA M56 Cheshire
Gloucester NB M5 Gloucestershire
Tebay SB M6 Cumbria
Birchanger M11 Essex

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “In a modern country, everyone should be able to travel.

“Despite improvements in some areas, we need our roadside services to be better for the quarter of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.”

Changing Spaces toilets are far more spacious than standard disabled toilets
Changing Spaces toilets are far more spacious than standard disabled toilets

Catherine Woodhead, chief executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK, which co-chairs the Changing Places Consortium, a group campaigning for the facilities to be provided in shopping centres, sports grounds, railways and airports, said:  “Too many disabled people and their families are excluded from doing things that others take for granted because there are not enough Changing Places. We’re delighted that, thanks to the DfT’s funding, 22 service stations will be installing these facilities.”

Ms Woodhead added: “We won’t stop campaigning until every service station in the country has a Changing Places toilet, and we would encourage businesses who haven’t done so already to apply for funding in the next round of applications.”

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