Funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) is allowing more motorway services across England to install Changing Places toilets.
In April, the DfT, in partnership with Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK), launched a scheme inviting motorway service providers to apply for a share of £2million funding to install Changing Places toilets at their sites.
Now, the department has announced that the first round of successful applications will result in twenty-two new Changing Places toilets being added to the motorway service network.
The facilities will be installed at selected services across the country at Roadchef, Moto, Westmorland and Welcome Break services. (See image above)
The Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) provided support through the process, reviewing the applications and identifying any accessibility issues.
Zack Kerr, the campaigner behind one of the petitions presented to the government on this issue, said: “This is great news because people like me can go out and about for holidays and days out, and they won’t have to worry about finding a Changing Places toilet. I would like to thank all the motorway service operators who have listened to my campaign and applied for funds to build more Changing Places.”
Tony Clough, another campaigner at the forefront of the push for Changing Places toilets in motorway services, said: “This is great news which will be welcomed by so many people, their families and friends. It is gratifying to know that the motorway service operators are committed to improving the customer service offering with regard to Changing Places toilets.”
He added: “These new locations on our motorway network will undoubtedly make travel a far less daunting prospect for thousands.”
On Changing Places’ website, the organisation detailed how while it sees it as exciting news, “there is a lot more work to be done.”
It went on to confirm that applications are now open for the second round of funding.
The scheme will be open to service stations on motorways and some A-roads, and it will be working together with the service operators to maximise this opportunity to get as many Changing Places toilets installed as possible.