Network Rail has opened a new Changing Places toilet facility in Leeds to make travel more accessible for people.
Leeds is leading the way for better accessibility, with over 40 of the 1,600 registered Changing Places facilities installed in the city. The new addition will allow the over 250,000 people who cannot use standard accessible toilets to travel with confidence.
The toilet, which has been registered by Changing Places Consortium, is different from a standard accessible toilet as it features an adult-sized, height-adjustable changing bench, an integrated hoist system and adequate space for a disabled person and up to two carers.
In addition to the new facility, the station has recently opened a new accessible toilet on platform zero and station staff will be undertaking disability awareness training throughout July. There are also future plans to open a new accessible lounge and reinstate seating that was removed due to social distancing measures.
Maxine Joicey, Station Customer Experience Manager for Network Rail, said: “It’s important that all of our passengers are able to travel with confidence through the station, so we’re delighted to open the new facility which will give those who have limited mobility the space and equipment they need.
“We’re lucky to be located in a city which is leading the way in accessibility and we’re committed to creating an inclusive environment at the station. We hope to achieve this by providing disability awareness training to the station team this month and opening a new accessible lounge in the longer term.”
Councils are being urged to apply for a share of a £30m fund to install Changing Places toilets in public places and tourist attractions to make these areas more accessible for disabled people.