London nightlife hotspot to be made wheelchair and scooter accessible

The London Lumiere

A busy Central London district is to undergo major disabled access improvements including lower access points to make it accessible to wheelchair and mobility scooter users.

Westminster Council has agreed to invest in improvements to Soho after years of campaigning by disabled people who often struggle with the high kerbs and uneven surfaces of the nightlife district.

According to a report by the Evening Standard, Westminster Council has said the improvement works are part of pre-existing plans for the district.

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The newspaper saw an email from the council’s infrastructure department stating that the council is taking “measures to address the deficiencies by introducing a dropped kerb replacement programme”.

In the next four months alterations will be made to 20 junctions, according to the email.

Councillor Danny Chalkley, cabinet member for city highways, told the Standard: “Improving accessibility for residents and visitors is a high priority for the Council, and we are currently implementing a programme of improvements that includes more dropped kerbs around the city.

“Soho is one of these areas scheduled for a series of improvements, which includes 20 new dropped kerbs.”

“We always appreciate feedback from the public on how we can improve the accessibility of our public roads.”

Charities including Transport for All have welcomes the move to improve one of the most touristic areas of London.

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