Anger as railway station declares there is ‘no room for Changing Places’

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Disability campaigners have described their disappointment at a Scottish transport operator for not installing a Changing Places facility at Dundee railway station as part of its redevelopment.

The chief executive of disability group PAMIS claims that pleas to install the solution were ignored and that the move will discourage people from using the station.

Jenny Miller spoke out after the ScotRail Alliance said there was regrettably no space for the specialist facilities, although other disability installations have been brought in.

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Changing Places feature a larger space than usual disabled toilets and have added equipment like a hoist, enhanced toilet and a height-adjustable bench.

Ms Miller told the Courier: “What ScotRail say is there isn’t enough footfall to justify it but they don’t know how much footfall there is going to be until the V&A opens.

“They also say there will be one at the V&A but if you are desperate for the loo then you don’t want to go that far.”

But a SNP councillor has said she will raise the issue with Dundee City Council, asking them to write to Scotrail to ask them to reconsider the move.

Meanwhile, a ScotRail Alliance spokesperson said: “We are doing all we can to make rail travel as simple as possible for customers with disabilities.

“As part of the redevelopment of Dundee station, we will be investing in making disabled facilities more accessible. However, regrettably, there is simply no room for the installation of a changing places facility.”

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