West Bromwich Albion set to meet summer deadline for disabled access

West Brom Hawthorns StadiumThe Hawthorns, photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images

West Bromwich Albion FC has reiterated that it is carrying out work to improve accessibility at its stadium after it was named as one of 13 clubs making ‘limited progress’ in improvements.

The club has already started work to increase the number of wheelchair bays from 145 to 171 and it has said it will install accessible toilet and changing facilities over the summer.

The Baggies said it will create an accessible concourse at The Hawthorns and the only recommendation it will not provide by August is a sensor room due to issues with space.

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission recently produced a report criticising top flight English clubs that are allegedly making slow progress as the August deadline for improvements looms.

In 2015 Premier League clubs established a self-imposed deadline for August 2017 which promised to improve stadium accessibility for disabled fans. But they have since come under fire for failing to make stadium improvements and many are now rushing to contract access and mobility solution installers.

The Accessibility Stadia Guide is not itself a legally-binding document, but mounting pressure from campaigners and the Culture, Media and Sport select committee, which warned clubs they could face legal action if they fail to act in time, is forcing clubs to invest in accessibility projects.

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