Town Centre Access Studies were developed to help identify ways to make Surrey accessible for all, whatever their mobility impairment e.g. sight, walking stick, baby buggy etc. Their scope was widened to incorporate the needs of cyclists and users of public transport. Accessibility can be achieved through something quite simple such as levelling the footway, or through more complex measures such as pedestrian crossings at traffic signals.
Having reached the town centre, the mobility impaired can find it difficult to buy goods and services because of a sudden change of level at doorways and obstructions such as advertising signs. Retailers should be aware of County Council policy on portable advertising signs.
Town Centre access can also improve
The Department for Transport publication 'Inclusive Mobility - A guide to best practice on Access on Pedestrian and Transport Infrastructure' provides standards and advice on the wider aspects of providing for the mobility impaired.
If you would like to find out more about access or highlight an access problem in your local town centre, please contact us via our contact centre.