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Government Funding to Improve Service Station Accessibility

Posted in General News on Thursday, April 11th, 2019

The accessibility of a number of the country’s motorway service stations is set to improve thanks to a £2 million fund set up by the government to fit more of them with Changing Places toilets. The Department for Transport (DfT) will be working with Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) to award a portion of the funding to the service stations that need it most based on the detail of the proposals they receive and the quality of the disabled access that is already being provided by each of the stations that submits an application for investment. Changing Places toilets allow more than a quarter of a million people with a variety of disabilities from across the UK to use the facilities safely thanks to the extra space and specialised equipment they provide. The Transport Accessibility Minister, Nusrat Ghani, commented: “Today marks the next step towards our ambition of delivering a fully inclusive transport network. It is unacceptable that, despite welcome investment in some areas, our roadside services are not more accessible for over a quarter of a million people, and I am determined to do more.” The DfT will be assessing funding applications for the next three months and the stations which receive funding will be announced in September. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-service-stations-to-become-fully-accessible-as-government-fund-opens.

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