Highways England has partnered with accessibility information provider AccessAble to produce access guides for motorway services.
The government-owned company said the new guides, available online or via the free AccessAble app, provide facts, figures, and photographs to help motorists plan their visit’.
The guides cover key areas including parking, toilets, petrol stations, shops, and restaurants, with detailed information on everything from staff training and hearing loops, to walking distances and Changing Places.
The two organisations have also worked together to create virtual route guides, which use 360-degree imagery to allow visitors to virtually explore routes to key facilities.
Highways England said that while it encourages everyone to plan their journeys before setting off, ‘for some people this isn’t as easy as for others’. With disabled drivers representing 5% of the driving population, the access guides are one of a number of new services Highways England is introducing to break down barriers and help people reliably plan and feel confident about their journeys.
All Access Guides are available free of charge on the AccessAble website
Here’s an example, looking at the motorway services at birch, near Rochdale on the M62.
and on the AccessAble App (search foe AccessAble in your device’s app store).