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Park and Ride Drop-off to the American Express Community Stadium

Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club - American Express Community Stadium, Village Way, Brighton, BN1 9BL

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Introduction

  • The following information describes the route from bus drop-off point to the American Express Community Stadium
  • The approximate distance of this route is 180m.
  • The potential hazards on this route include; congested path ways and coaches/buses.
  • Photographs 1-3 show the park and ride locations.
  • Photograph 4 shows the stadium map.

Park and Ride Drop-off Point to the Coach Parking Area

  • After exiting the bus turn left and follow the path for approximately 20m.
  • The path will reach a crossing over the bus drop-off access road.
  • There are dropped kerbs either side of the crossing.
  • After the crossing continue along the path as it bears left.
  • Follow the path for approximately 60m until the it reaches the coach parking.
  • There is a dropped kerb with tactile paving leading to the coach parking.

Coach Parking Area to the Outer Concourse

  • There is step-free access across the coach park to the path.
  • After joining the path turn left.
  • Follow the path for approximately 20m.
  • To the right of the path there are steps leading down to the outer concourse.
  • To overcome the steps there is a lift further along the path.
  • The lift gives direct access to the outer concourse.
  • The route joins the outer concourse outside the west corner of the South Stand.

Step(s) (Coach Parking to the Outer Concourse)

  • There is a/are step(s) located on the path when exiting the coach parking.
  • There is/are 15+ step(s).
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) has/have tactile paving at the top and bottom.
  • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
  • The going of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
  • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
  • Handrails are easy to grip.
  • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.

Lift (Coach Parking to the Outer Concourse)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the path when exiting the coack parking.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do not contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is fair.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 120cm (3ft 7in x 3ft 11in).
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.
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    • A second lift is now in operation and is predominantly for media, however it can be used if lift 1 fails.
    • There is a lift technician on site every matchday in case the lifts break down.

Outer Concourse

  • There is step-free access throughout the outer concourse.
    There are some slight slopes in places along the concourse.
    The surface of the outer concourse is tarmac.
  • There are a number of food and drink stands located around the outer concourse.
    There is a band stand located on the north-east corner of the outer concourse, this area acts as the Fanzone on matchdays.
    There are programmes stands located at regular intervals around the concourse.
    There are merchandise stalls located outside the North and South Stands.
  • There are 15+ steps at the corner of the West and North Stands. These steps are overcome by using a long ramp with a very slight gradient.
  • Clear directional signage is provided on the concourse.
  • There is a stadium plan/map on the concourse.
  • There is a steward/member of staff available for assistance on match days.