In a debate in the House of Commons yesterday on the Government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy, Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani MP highlighted a commitment from the Department for Transport to provide £2million of funding for more Changing Places toilet facilities to be installed at motorway service stations.
What was said in Parliament
The Minister outlined that the Department will be working in partnership with Muscular Dystrophy UK as co-chair of the Changing Places Consortium, with the intention to:
allow the majority of motorway service stations across the country to have Changing Places toilets by the early 2020s, compared with fewer than a fifth today.
She later commented that “we are working with Muscular Dystrophy UK to make sure that the right decisions are made.”
Victoria Prentis, MP for Banbury, welcomed the Department’s commitment and that the fund “will help to ensure that disabled people and their families can travel more comfortably and without worry.”
Background to the Inclusive Transport Strategy
Muscular Dystrophy UK had contributed to the Government’s Draft Transport Accessibility Action Plan which led to the strategy being produced.
Changing Places campaigners and the Consortium have been fighting for a long time to get Changing Places toilets installed at motorway services. The Department made specific reference to the huge support for Zack Kerr’s petition which called for improved Changing Places toilet provision at motorway services- we are incredibly grateful for all of Zack’s campaigning. Thanks to the hard work of campaigners there has been positive progress over the last few years, but we know there is still a long way to go. Across the UK, there are currently just 18 registered Changing Places toilets (15 of which are in England) across a network of over 100 service stations.
We look forward to working with the Department for Transport on increasing the number of Changing Places toilets at motorway service stations.
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