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Tesco Leighton Buzzard Superstore

Vimy Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1ER

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Getting Here

COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in March 2021.
  • There are external queuing points.
  • The external queuing points are clearly marked/signed.
  • There are separate doors for entering and exiting.
  • 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 sanitisers range between 109cm and 119cm.
  • Hand sanitisers are available inside the venue.
  • There is a limited number of customers allowed inside.
  • 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.
  • 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 a colleague trained in British Sign Language.
  • There is a/are wheelchair(s) and mobility/electric scooter(s) available to borrow.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact the customer service counter.
  • 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 and wheelchair attachable.
  • 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 not a portable hearing assistance system.
  • An office or a consultation room can be used as a place of safety if needed.

Parking

  • The store does have its own parking facilities.
  • The car park is located off Vimy Road.
  • 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 not 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 20 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 230cm x 427cm.
    • 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.
    • The dimensions of other designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) vary in size.
  • Paying View
    • Parking is free for up to 3 hours.
    • Payment signs are provided.
    • Payment signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment signs are located throughout the car park.
    • Payment term signs do not make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
  • 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 surface on the approach to the entrance(s) is block paving.
    • There is a pedestrian crossing with tactile paving at the start of the pedestrian crossing.
  • Drop-off Point(s) View
    • There is a/are clearly marked drop-off point(s).
    • The drop-off point(s) is/are located on the right side of the car park .
    • The route from the drop-off point(s) to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.

Electric Vehicle Charging Points

  • There is not a/are not electric vehicle charging point(s) available.
  • 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 outside, besides the Blue Badge bays and pedestrian walkway.
  • The ATM(s) is/are 15m from the entrance.
  • There are bollards on the approach to the ATM(s).
  • The height of the bollard(s) is 91cm.
  • The bollards have a visual identification band.
  • The minimum width between the bollards is 114cm.
  • The controls/screen heights vary between 83cm and 108cm.
  • There is not a lowered ATM available.
  • The ATM has an earphone jack and volume adjust button.

Entrance

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the right side of the store.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 166cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 164cm.
    • There are identical sets of doors at either side of the entrance foyer.
    • There are security barriers at the entrance doors.
    • The minimum width between the security barriers is 194cm.
    • There is a/are hand sanitiser(s) in this area.
    • The height of the hand sanitisers range between 109cm and 119cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located before and after the first door.
    • The slope before the first door is a very easy incline, whilst the slope after the first door is slight.

Getting Around

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step-free access throughout the store.
    • The majority of aisle widths are 150cm+.
    • The minimum aisle width is 121cm.
    • Some aisles are obstructed by product bins or pillars.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • 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 provided.

F&F Clothing

  • F&F Clothing View
    • F&F Clothing is located on the left side of 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+.
    • The minimum aisle width is 85cm.
    • Some aisles are obstructed by clothing racks or stools.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • Resting/seating areas are available in this area.
    • The seats do not have armrests.
    • 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.

Tesco Mobile

  • Tesco Mobile Area View
    • Tesco Mobile is located to the left as you enter and to the right of the Customer Service Desk.
    • Tesco Mobile is approximately 10m 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.
    • The seats do not have armrests.
    • Background music is played at all times.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • 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 not 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 not a hearing assistance system at the counter.
  • Consultation Desk(s) View
    • Tesco Mobile has 1 consultation desk(s) available.
    • The consultation desk surveyed is 5m 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 94cm.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the desk(s).
    • The seats do not have armrests.

Pharmacy

  • Pharmacy Area View
    • The Pharmacy is located at the very rear of the store.
    • The Pharmacy is approximately 40m from the entrance.
    • Clear signage for the Pharmacy is not 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 102cm.
    • 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 trained to use the hearing assistance system.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
    • The hearing assistance system was tested on 16/03/2021.
    • 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 5m 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 clear door width is 74cm.
    • There is 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.

Checkouts

  • Checkout Area View
    • The checkout(s) is/are located at the front of the store and to the right as you enter.
    • 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 self-service checkout(s) and staffed checkout(s).
  • Staffed Checkout(s) View
    • There are no windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors at/behind the standard checkout(s).
    • The standard checkout(s) is not/are not placed in front of a plain background.
    • The height of the staffed checkout(s) is/are 91cm.
    • There is not a lowered section at the staffed checkout(s).
    • The chip & pin card machines are accessible from the standard 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; 14, 19.
    • The type of system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing assistance system(s) is/are signed.
    • Colleagues are trained to use the hearing assistance system(s).
    • The hearing assistance system(s) was/were tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
    • The hearing assistance systems were tested at the following standard checkout(s); 14, 19.
    • The hearing assistance system(s) was/were tested on 16/03/2021.
    • The hearing assistance system(s) was/were working at the time of testing.
    • The hearing loop on checkout 19 worked but was slightly inaudible.
  • Self-Service Checkout(s) View
    • The controls/screen heights for the self-service checkout(s) vary between 108cm and 149cm.
    • 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 shelf you place you basket on is 69cm high. The security barrier to leave to the self-service checkouts are 114cm apart.
  • Scan as you Shop View
    • The controls/screen heights for the self-service checkout(s) vary between 105cm and 129cm.
    • 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 50cm high. The shelf you place your basket on is 54cm high. The security barrier to leave to the scan as you shop checkouts are 117cm apart.

Counter (Customer Service Desk)

  • The counter is located immediately to the left as you enter.
  • The counter is approximately 5m 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 no windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors at/behind the counter.
  • The counter is 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 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 16/03/2021.
  • The hearing assistance system was not working at the time of testing.

Counter (Travel Money)

  • The counter is located to the left as you enter and to the right of the Customer Service Desk.
  • The counter is approximately 10m 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 moderate to good.
  • The height of the counter is 91cm.
  • 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 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 not tested at the time of the survey.
  • This counter was closed at the time of the survey (16/03/2021) due to Covid-19.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Left Transfer)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the store and to the left of the pharmacy.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 45m (49yd 8in) 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 locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • 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 135cm x 233cm (4ft 5in x 7ft 8in).
    • 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 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by 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 not a/are not wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • 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 and nappy/incontinence items bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is 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 81cm.
    • The shelf is located where it is reachable.
    • The toilet has a wall which acts as a backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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).
    • The height of the wash basin is 72cm (2ft 4in).
    • There are no vertical wall-mounted grab rails at the wash basin.
    • 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 90cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located at the rear of the store and to the left of the pharmacy.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 50m 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 84cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is sensor.
    • Lighting levels are good.
    • The hand dryer is 111cm high.

Parent and Baby Room

  • There is a parent and baby room.
  • The parent and baby room is located at the rear of the store and to the left of the pharmacy.
  • The parent and baby room is approximately 45m 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 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • 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 a flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • The wall surrounding the baby change is 85cm high. The hand dryer is 105cm high and the towel dispenser is 107cm high.