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Government partners with Muscular Dystrophy UK for £2m project to improve journeys for disabled road users

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The government joins forces with Muscular Dystrophy UK to improve journeys for disabled road users by bringing Changing Places to the majority of motorway service areas across England.

The Department for Transport will work with the charity to allocate £2m of funding for Changing Places toilets, which will be built in the early 2020s.

The funding was announced as part of the government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy, which aims to provide equal access to the transport network by 2030.

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Only 15 of England’s 112 motorway service areas currently have facilities that all disabled people can fully access.

Nusrat Ghani, transport accessibility minister, said: “Changing Places facilities differ from standard accessible toilets, providing more space and specialised equipment, including adult-sized changing benches and hoists, to allow people with conditions like muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy to use them safely and comfortably.”

The Inclusive Transport Strategy also included; £300m to make railway stations more accessible, £2m for audio and visual equipment on buses and a further £2m for a passenger awareness campaign to increase disability awareness and reduce hate crime.

Catherine Woodhead, chief executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK, said: “Investing in Changing Places toilets means we can tackle the exclusion many disabled people face.”

“By building more Changing Places across the road network, disabled people and their families can travel in the knowledge there will be fully accessible toilets they can use safely and with dignity.”

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