Making Middlesbrough an accessible place to visit is an important part of the visitor experience.
Ten Changing Places Toilets are available to use in a variety of locations across the whole of the town.
Changing Places Toilets are specialist toilets that provide a safe and dignified space for people with disabilities who cannot use standard toilets or wheelchair accessible toilets (disabled toilets).
Each Changing Places Toilet has a ceiling track hoist, mobile changing bed, height adjustable basin, toilet with grab bars and plenty of space.
Changing Places Toilet at the Rainbow Leisure Centre
As well as having all the above sanitary facilities, Middlesbrough Bus Station also has a quiet room which can be accessed by anyone visiting the town who needs some time away from people or busy environments. It can be accessed by requesting entry from the staff at the bus station.
Middlesbrough also supports the Not Every Disability is Visible campaign led by Crohn’s and Colitis UK which promotes the use of accessible toilets by anyone who needs them to use them without judgement.
There is also plenty of parking for Blue Badge Holders in the town and there are Dementia Friendly parking bays on the first floor of the Hill Street Centre multi-story car park. These bays are identified with a Forget-Me-Not symbol.
Middlesbrough Blue Badge Parking Spaces.
Improvement works are underway at Middlesbrough Railway Station to make it more accessible for all users, as well as introducing a new platform to accommodate an increase in train services and travel.
Exchange Square, next to Middlesbrough Town Hall, now has improved access points to increase the accessibility and usability of the space.
Much of Middlesbrough town centre is pedestrianised with ‘step free routes’ in Linthorpe Road’s main shopping area. Dropped kerbs with tactile paving are available in the same vicinity and raised pavements at bus stops help with passenger boarding.
Good lighting in the town centre helps to promote safety and orientation whilst accessible signage provides wayfinding guidance and seating is available for people with visual impairments.
Middlesbrough supports the Please Have a Seat campaign which is led by Ageing Better and encourages businesses to offer a warm welcome and a seat to those in need, particularly older people whilst out and about during the day. The focus being to encourage older people to go out into their communities to maintain independence and limit isolation.