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Action Transport Theatre

Whitby Hall, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 9AE

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Access Guide

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Introduction

Opening Times

  • Opening times do vary depending on performances.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Ellesmere Port.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Ellesmere Port.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There are 4 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 420cm x 590cm (13ft 9in x 19ft 4in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 31m (34yd) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 44m (48yd) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are dropped kerbs.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the venue.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are light.
  • The door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in) wide.
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open away from you (push).
    • The doors are single width.
    • The doors are light.
    • The door opening is 104cm (3ft 5in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located either side of the main entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 4 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments
    • The ramp overcomes the steps.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Theatre

  • There are designated spaces for wheelchair users.
  • Designated seating is located at the front.
  • A companion may sit with you.
  • Companions sit next to the patron.
  • This venue does not provide audio described performances.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • Concessions are available.
  • Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting level is medium.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead as you enter.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is 9m (29ft 6in) from main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 115cm x 145cm (3ft 9in x 4ft 9in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is no additional signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 11m (12yd) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located within the female standard toilets.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is not a unisex toilet.
    • This is a female toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 145cm x 200cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 7in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 60cm (1ft 12in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • No emergency alarm fitted in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall mounted rails are not available.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There are not mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • There is also a male adapted standard toilet
    • The transfer space is on the opposite side.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s)
    • The female toilets are located ahead as you enter.
    • The female toilets are 9m (29ft 6in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s)
    • The male toilets are located ahead as you enter.
    • The male toilets are 11m (12yd) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • There are additional standard toilets on the first floor.

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.