Manchester: Can You Afford to Holiday There?

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Manchester Disabled Peoples' Access Group did an accessibitiy survey from 2002 to 2004.

This is what they found.

* Hotels
26 hotels were visited at the request of MCC, 16 were accessible, 10 were not accessible.

only 61.5% were accessible

* Tourist Venues
19 tourist venues were requested and surveyed, 14 were accessible, 5 were not accessible.

only 73.7% were accessible

* Cafes, pubs & restaurants
255 venues, only 60 were accessible, 195 were not accessible

only 23.5% accessible

* Shops
Excluding the Arndale Centre, of 433 shops visited, 166 were accessible, 267 were not accessible.

only 38.3% accessible

* Banks
20 banks were visited, 5 were accessible, 15 were not accessible.

only 25% accessible

* Arndale Centre shops Common problems identified in some shops:
o no level access from Market Street;
o split level facilities to products, with steps and no lift;
o fixed seating in cafes and restaurants;
o obstacles in doorways and aisles;
poor signage.

For more information, our section on access standards provides more details or contact us for details of our surveys.

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