Published on : Tuesday, April 19, 2022
The new facility designed to give those with even the most profound disabilities the confidence to use the station.
Network Rail has installed a fully accessible Changing Places toilet at Edinburgh Waverley station.
The new facility, located in the travel hall, is now open as part of a drive to make rail travel more accessible for everyone.
Standard accessible toilets don’t meet the needs of all disabled people, but the Changing Places facility is suitable for everyone, including those with profound and multiple disabilities.
It features a height-adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a ceiling mounted hoist, a non-slip floor, a height-adjustable washbasin and an emergency alarm.
And it’s designed to give disabled people, their carers, assistants and families the confidence to travel throughout the station.
Patrick Henry, Network Rail’s station manager at Edinburgh Waverley, said: “We are delighted with the addition of a Changing Place facility at Edinburgh Waverley in an effort to ensure our facilities are as accessible as possible, for all our passengers.
“It is vital that our rail network is accessible and inclusive for everyone.
“The refurbishment of our main toilet facilities will also create a more pleasant and comfortable experience for all our passengers and station users.”
Jenny Miller, CEO of PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society), said: “PAMIS are delighted that this key rail station within Scotland has now opened a changing places toilet.
“This will not only broaden opportunities for travel across Scotland for people who require this facility but also opens up inclusive tourism in Edinburgh, which has in the past fallen short in the provision for people who cannot use an accessible toilet.
“It is fantastic to see Network Rail taking forward inclusion and access across major stations and we look forward to working with them on other key rail locations to enable full access to our beautiful country for everyone.”
The new facility means Scotland’s three busiest station’s Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street now all have Changing Places.
Passengers can ask a member of staff to get access to the Changing Places room.
Elsewhere in the station, work continues on a new public corridor which will connect the east concourse with the ticket hall – restoring a walking route which was part of the original station design.
Part of the existing Burger King retail unit, and office space, has been remodelled to create the walkway, due for completion in summer 2022.
Source:- Network Rail
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