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Tesco Bedford Riverfield Drive Superstore

Riverfield Drive, Bedford, MK41 0SE

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Summary

Getting Here

COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in February 2021.
  • There are external queuing points.
  • The external queuing points are not clearly marked/signed.
  • Queuing will occur when the traffic light at the entrance turns red.
  • There are separate doors for entering and exiting.
  • The doors to the left as you face the store and to the right of the ATM are used for entry, with the doors to the right at the front used for exiting the store.
  • There is a traffic light system in place at the entrance/exit.
  • There is a colleague available at the entrance.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are hand held.
  • The height of the hand sanitiser is 105cm.
  • Hand sanitisers are available inside the venue.
  • There is a limited number of customers allowed inside.
  • There is a Track and Trace system in place.
  • There is not a one-way system throughout.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • There is signage throughout the store to remind people of social distancing.
  • There are protective clear screens located at checkouts/counters.
  • Toilets are available.
  • The café was doing takeaway only at the time of the survey (25/02/2021). The Travel Money counter was closed at the time of survey (25/02/2021).
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a colleague available for help and assistance.
  • To get assistance please speak to a colleague at the customer service counter.
  • This store is part of the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme.
  • The Sunflower Lanyard Scheme helps people with hidden disabilities which aren’t always obvious – such as autism, dementia and visual or hearing impairments.
  • There is not a colleague trained in British Sign Language.
  • British Sign Language interpreters cannot be provided on request.
  • There is a/are wheelchair(s), mobility/electric scooter(s) and powered wheelchair(s) available to borrow.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact a colleague at customer services.
  • There is a seat/chair available within the store.
  • There is a defibrillator in store.
  • The types of trolley available at this store include; standard (large), standard (shallow), standard (large) with baby seat, wheelchair attachable and adapted with padded seat/headrest.
  • There is a water bowl available for assistance dogs.
  • There is a Tesco Grocery Click+Collect service in the store.
  • Customers can obtain online Tesco Grocery Click+Collect items from the car park collection station.
  • There is a portable hearing assistance system.
  • Colleagues are trained to use the hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system was not tested at the time of the survey.
  • There is not a designated place of safety which can be used by people with dementia, autism or learning disabilities.

Parking

  • The store does have its own parking facilities.
  • The car park is located off Riverfield Drive.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Parking View
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are available.
    • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.
  • Blue Badge Parking View
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • There is/are 27 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 228cm x 467cm.
    • The Blue Badge parking bays have a marked zone to both sides and rear.
    • The marked zones around the Blue Badge parking bays have at least the recommended width of 120cm.
  • Paying View
    • Parking is free for up to 3 hours.
  • Access from the Car Park View
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
    • Pedestrian walkways are available in the car park.
    • The pedestrian walkways are located in front of the Blue Badge bays and in front of the parent and child bays.
    • The surface on the approach to the entrance(s) is block paving.
  • Drop-off Point(s) View
    • There is a/are clearly marked drop-off point(s).
    • The drop-off point(s) is/are located on either side of the sheltered pedestrian walkway.
    • The route from the drop-off point(s) to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.

Electric Vehicle Charging Points (Pod Point)

  • There is a/are electric vehicle charging point(s) available.
  • The provider of the charging point(s) is Pod Point.
  • The charging speed is unknown.
  • The electric vehicle charging point(s) is/are located on the right side of the car park, in front of the collection point.
  • Colleagues are not able to provide assistance with the electric vehicle charging points.
  • There is/are 4 electric vehicle charging point(s).
  • The electric vehicle charging bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The dimensions of the electric vehicle charging bay(s) surveyed are 232cm x 466cm.
  • The charging point(s) is/are located to the front and to the side as you approach the bay(s).
  • The height range of the electric vehicle charging point nozzle slot is 100cm to 110cm.
  • An app is required to use the charging point(s).
  • Payment for charging is made via an app/online.
  • For more information and a guide to electric vehicle charging please click here.
  • There is not a/are not designated electric vehicle charging point(s) available for Blue Badge holders.

ATM(s)

  • The ATM(s) is/are located to the left of the entrance.
  • The ATM(s) is/are 8m from the entrance.
  • There are bollards on the approach to the ATM(s).
  • The height of the bollard(s) is 85cm.
  • The bollards do not contrast visually with the paving.
  • The minimum width between the bollards is 106cm.
  • The controls/screen heights vary between 87cm and 121cm.
  • There is not a lowered ATM available.

Entrance

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the store, to the right of the ATM.
  • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
  • There is step-free access at this entrance.
  • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
  • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance area which may look like a hole to some people.
  • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
  • Entrance View
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 158cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 146cm.
    • There are identical sets of doors at either side of the entrance foyer.
    • There are security pillars at the entrance doors.
    • The barriers do contrast visually with the flooring.
    • The minimum width between the security pillars is 187cm.
    • There is a/are hand sanitiser(s) in this area.
    • The height of the hand sanitiser(s) is/are 105cm.

Getting Around

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step-free access throughout the store.
    • The majority of aisle widths are 150cm+.
    • Some aisles are obstructed by product bins or structural columns.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There are mats in aisles that might be perceived as holes.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • Resting/seating areas are not available in this store.
    • A seat can be made available if required.
    • Background music is played at all times.
  • Signage View
    • Overhead aisle signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is consistent throughout the store.
    • Dementia friendly signage is not provided.

F&F Clothing

  • F&F Clothing View
    • F&F Clothing is located ahead and to the right as you enter the store.
    • F&F Clothing is approximately 15m from the entrance.
    • F&F Clothing is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to F&F Clothing.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to F&F Clothing.
    • F&F Clothing is clearly signed.
    • The majority of aisle widths are 150cm+.
    • There is some flooring in this area which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • Resting/seating areas are not available in this area.
    • A seat can be made available if required.
    • Background music is played at all times.
  • Counter View
    • There are no payment counters in this area of the store. Please pay for any items at one of the main checkouts.
  • Accessible Fitting Room(s) View
    • There is/are 2 fitting room(s) in total within the store, 1 of which is an accessible fitting room.
    • The accessible fitting room(s) is/are not clearly signed.
    • There is not a curtain opening to access the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The clear width of the fitting room opening is 85cm.
    • The dimensions of the accessible fitting room(s) are 198cm x 192cm.
    • There is not clear manoeuvring space in the accessible fitting room(s), due to storage.
    • There is a/are wall mounted rail(s) in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is not a drop down rail in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a mirror in the accessible fitting room(s), the bottom edge of the mirror is 17cm from the floor.
    • There are coat hooks in the accessible fitting room(s) at 132cm and 160cm from the floor.
    • There is not an emergency alarm in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is not a chair available in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • There is a functional assistance bell in the accessible fitting room(s).
    • The height of the assistance bell from the floor is 136cm.
  • Standard Fitting Room(s) View
    • There is/are 1 standard fitting room(s) within the store.
    • The fitting room(s) is/are not clearly signed.
    • There is a chair/stool/changing bench in the standard fitting room(s).
  • Comments View
    • The fitting rooms were closed at the time of survey (25/02/2021).

Tesco Mobile

  • Tesco Mobile Area View
    • Tesco Mobile is located at the rear of the store.
    • Tesco Mobile is approximately 25m from the entrance.
    • Tesco Mobile is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to Tesco Mobile.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to Tesco Mobile.
    • Tesco Mobile is clearly signed.
    • Resting/seating areas are available in this area.
    • There is bench seating and single seats without armrests.
    • Background music is played at all times.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Counter View
    • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors at/behind the counter.
    • The counter is not placed in front of a plain background.
    • The lighting levels at the counter are good.
    • The height of the counter is 101cm.
    • There is not sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • Clipboards can be provided to anyone who is unable to use the counter.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system at the counter.
  • Consultation Desk(s) View
    • Tesco Mobile has 3 consultation desk(s) available.
    • The consultation desk surveyed is 1m from the counter.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the consultation desk(s).
    • There is room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • The distance between the floor and the underside of the desk(s) is 72cm.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk(s).
    • There is bench seating and single seats without armrests.

Pharmacy

  • Pharmacy Area View
    • The Pharmacy is located at the rear of the store, next to Tesco Mobile.
    • The Pharmacy is approximately 25m from the entrance.
    • Clear signage for the Pharmacy is visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the Pharmacy.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the Pharmacy.
    • The Pharmacy is clearly signed.
    • Resting/seating areas are available in this area.
    • There are seats with armrests on both sides.
    • Background music is played at all times.
  • Counter View
    • There are no windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors at/behind the counter.
    • The counter is not placed in front of a plain background.
    • The lighting levels at the counter are good.
    • The height of the counter is 101cm.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the counter.
    • The type of system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing assistance system is signed.
    • Colleagues are not trained to use the hearing assistance system.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested on 25/02/2021.
    • The hearing assistance system was not working at the time of testing.
  • Consultation Room(s) View
    • The pharmacy has 1 consultation room(s) available.
    • The consultation room is 8m from the pharmacy counter.
    • The consultation room is clearly signed.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the consultation room.
    • There is a/are door(s) leading into the consultation room.
    • There is written signage on or near the door.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The clear door width is 87cm.
    • There is not room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the consultation room.
    • There are seats with armrests on both sides.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • The consultation room is fully enclosed.

Café

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The café is located immediately on the right as you enter the store.
  • There is step-free access to the café.
  • Tables cannot be booked in advance.
  • There is a counter where food and drink can be ordered.
  • Colleagues can bring food and/or drinks to tables.
  • Menu types include; written wall menus and picture wall menus.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • Colleagues can read menus to customers if requested.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
  • Adapted cups are not available.
  • Adapted cutlery is not available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • This area does play background music.
  • Background music is played at all times.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • The height of the counter is 91cm.
  • There is not a moveable card machine available for payment.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • The majority of tables are accessible to wheelchair users.
  • The standard height for the underside of dining tables is 77cm.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
  • There are also long tables, armchairs and bench seats.
  • The type of flooring in this area is laminate.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • At the time of the survey the café was providing a takeaway service only (25/02/2021).

Checkouts

  • Checkout Area View
    • The checkout(s) is/are located at the front of the store.
    • There is step-free access to the checkout(s).
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the checkout(s).
    • The checkout(s) is/are clearly signed.
    • The lighting levels at the checkout(s) are good.
    • There is a/are staffed checkout(s), basket only checkout(s) and self-service checkout(s).
  • Staffed Checkout(s) View
    • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors at/behind the staffed checkout(s).
    • The staffed checkout(s) is not/are not placed in front of a plain background.
    • The height of the staffed checkout(s) is/are 91cm.
    • The chip & pin card machines are accessible from the staffed checkout(s).
    • There is a/are hearing assistance system(s) at the staffed checkout(s).
    • The following standard checkout(s) have a hearing assistance system; 18 and 21.
    • The type of system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing assistance system(s) is/are signed.
    • Colleagues are not trained to use the hearing assistance system(s).
    • The hearing assistance system(s) was/were not tested at the time of the survey.
  • Basket Only Checkout(s) View
    • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors at/behind the basket only checkout(s).
    • The basket only checkout(s) is not/are not placed in front of a plain background.
    • The height of the basket only checkout(s) is/are 83cm.
    • There is not a lowered section at the basket only checkout(s) .
    • The chip & pin card machines are accessible from the basket only checkout(s).
    • There is a/are hearing assistance system(s) at the basket only checkout(s).
    • The following basket only checkout(s) have a hearing assistance system; 1.
    • The type of system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing assistance system(s) is/are signed.
    • Colleagues are not trained to use the hearing assistance system(s).
    • The hearing assistance system(s) was/were tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
    • The hearing assistance system(s) was/were tested on 25/02/2021.
    • The hearing assistance system(s) was/were not fully functional at the time of testing.
  • Self-Service Checkout(s) View
    • The controls/screen heights for the self-service checkout(s) vary between 130cm and 107cm.
    • The chip & pin card machines are not accessible from the self-service checkout(s).
    • Colleagues can provide assistance with using the self-service checkout(s).
    • The bagging area is 49cm high.
      The self-service checkouts have a security barrier with a width between it of 96cm.
  • Scan as you Shop View
    • The controls/screen heights for the self-service checkout(s) vary between 65cm and 131cm.
    • The chip & pin card machines are not accessible from the self-service checkout(s).
    • Colleagues can provide assistance with using the self-service checkout(s).

Counter (Customer Services)

  • The counter is located at the front of the store, to the left as you enter the store.
  • The counter is approximately 7m from the entrance.
  • The counter is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step-free access to the counter.
  • There is a clear unobstructed route to the counter.
  • The counter is clearly signed.
  • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors at/behind the counter.
  • The counter is not placed in front of a plain background.
  • The lighting levels at the counter are good.
  • The height of the counter is 100cm.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
  • There is a lowered section of the counter.
  • The height of the lowered section at the counter is 76cm.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the lowered section of the counter.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the lowered section of the counter.
  • The counter is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system at the counter.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Colleagues are trained to use the hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested on 25/02/2021.
  • The hearing assistance system was working at the time of testing.

Counter (Travel Money)

  • The counter is located at the front of the store, to the left as you enter the store.
  • The counter is approximately 7m from the entrance.
  • The counter is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step-free access to the counter.
  • There is a clear unobstructed route to the counter.
  • The counter is clearly signed.
  • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors at/behind the counter.
  • The counter is not placed in front of a plain background.
  • The lighting levels at the counter are good.
  • The height of the counter is 90cm.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
  • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
  • The counter is not staffed.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system at the counter.
  • The Travel Money counter was closed at the time of survey (25/02/2021).

Accessible Toilet(s) (Left Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet was out of use at the time of the survey.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the left as you enter the café.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial, written text and ‘Not All Disabilities Are Visible’ signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 76cm (2ft 6in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is fair.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 147cm x 236cm (4ft 10in x 7ft 9in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin and a waste disposal bin.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a sensor flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) to the left of the toilet and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) to the right of the toilet and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, nappy/incontinence items bin and pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf has the minimum dimensions of 12.5cm x 40cm.
    • The shelf is at a height of 58cm.
    • The shelf is located where it is reachable.
    • The toilet has a backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is poor.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 94cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.
  • Comments View
    • The customer toilet area has security barriers with a width of 139cm between them.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the left as you enter the café.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 20m from the entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • It was not possible to access the female toilet.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 85cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is sensor.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • The customer toilet area has security barriers with a width of 139cm between them.

Parent and Baby Room

  • There is a parent and baby room.
  • The parent and baby room is located on the left as you enter café.
  • The parent and baby room is approximately 20m from the entrance.
  • There is step-free access to the parent and baby room.
  • A colleague does not need to be notified for use of the room.
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the parent and baby room door.
  • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
  • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
  • The height of the baby change table is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • There are disposal facilities in the parent and baby room.
  • There is a wash basin in the parent and baby room.
  • The height of the wash basin is 74cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
  • There is a/are chair(s) in the parent and baby room.
  • There is a chair with armrests on both sides.
  • There is not a toilet in the parent and baby room.
  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • The lighting levels are good.