New accessible toilet facility in Preston city centre

Friday, March 16, 2018

A new state-of-the art wash room and toilet facility for people with disabilities has opened at Preston Bus Station.

The first of its kind in the city centre, the Changing Places wash room and toilet have more facilities than standard accessible toilets including hoists, extra space and changing benches to assist with helping other people.

The facilities have been designed and installed specifically to be used by people with physical disabilities, profound or multiple learning disabilities and other health conditions.

Preston Bus Station is owned by Lancashire County Council, who have funded the new facility.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Changing Places facilities are important to people. If there aren't suitable facilities nearby, it can make it more difficult or even impossible to come into the city centre.

"Thousands of people come through the bus station every day. It's a major transport hub, so it's vital that people have somewhere safe and suitable such as this."

"I feel proud to say the Lancashire County Council has created this new facility that will directly help and benefit people, as part of the bus station redevelopment."

The multi-million pound redevelopment of the bus station has included concrete repairs along with the refurbishment of the car park as well as new lighting, fencing and glazing.

Better lighting has been added in the bus station concourse, stairways and car park levels. CCTV has also been upgraded to cover all areas of the bus station.

The concourse has been extensively refurbished. The bus stands have all been relocated to the east side of the building, new seating has been added on the west side and more space has been created to make it easier for people to get around.

The car park and stairways have all been refurbished. New lifts have been installed and the walkway to the Guild Hall has been renovated.

A new coach station is being created at the south end of the building, towards the Guild Hall, with external coach bays and new facilities within the bus station itself.

A new stand-alone youth zone is also planned for the site, located on a new public square on the city centre side of the building. This new square will also include outdoor seating and will improve access to and from the bus station.

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