More than 40 dropped kerb crossings have been installed or improved this year to make it easier for people in wheelchairs to get around Plymouth.
We have been working with the Plymouth Area Disabled Access Network (PADAN) to identify locations where people with disabilities encounter difficulty and provide better, more accessible crossings.
We are also drawing up a new policy together to assess and prioritise sites for new or improved crossings, looking at factors like accessibility to shops, disabled parking and toilets and health, community and education facilities.
Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene, said: “We want to make sure everyone can get around the city and we’ve made it a priority to improve access for people in wheelchairs by providing more dropped kerbs.
“We’ve committed extra funding for making crossing points easier to use and – in close consultation with PADAN – we’ve already improved 44 sites this year. We look forward to working together on developing our dropped kerb programme further and making even more improvements.”
Locations include the junction of Citadel Road and Sussex Street on the Hoe, where along with new dropped kerbs with tactile paving, a ‘table top’ has been installed across the road to create a more level and comfortable surface.
Dropped kerbs have been installed or improved along the whole northern footway of Citadel Road between Armada Way and Hoe Approach, as well as at the signal controlled junction of Notte Street and Hoe Approach.
Other new dropped crossings include three near school entrances and one near the Highbury Trust centre, which supports people with learning difficulties.
Controlled pedestrian crossings at each end of Royal Parade and at the Hyde Park end of Mutley Plain have also been made more accessible at the request of PADAN members.
Disabled access, including dropped kerbs, is being designed into all new transport schemes, as well as projects such as The Box and developers are expected to provide accessible crossings as part of the planning process.
We have also bid for funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to carry out an accessibility audit of the proposed Mayflower Heritage Trail around the Barbican.