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M5 - Michaelwood Services - Southbound - Welcome Break

M5 Junction 13/14, Lower Wick,, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 6DD

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Summary

COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in April 2021.
  • The services are open 24 hours, however, some of the food services and other services opening times within the building may vary subject to government regulations.
  • The entrance is divided in two; one side for entering, one side for exiting.
  • There is not a member of staff available at the entrance.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are free standing.
  • The height of the hand sanitiser is 87cm.
  • Hand sanitisers are available inside the venue.
  • There is a limited number of people allowed inside.
  • There is a Track and Trace system in place.
  • There is a one-way system throughout.
  • The one-way system is clearly marked/signed.
  • There is signage and floor markings reminding customers to maintain social distancing throughout the services.
  • Customers using seating area are asked to register their details for the UK Governments Track & Trace system.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • There are protective clear screens located at tills/counters.
  • Protective clear screen are at all customer service points within the services.
  • Customer toilets are available.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Getting Here

  • The southbound services are located directly off the M5 between junctions 13 and 14.
  • There is signage along the motorway indicating the distance to the services.
  • For more information onhttps://www.theaa.com/route-planner/route please click here (opens new tab).
  • The main car park has 8 Blue Badge parking bays, 5 electric charging points, several parent and child parking bays and a number of standard parking bays.
  • Coach parking is at the rear of the services, and sign posted off the services slip road.

Parking

  • Parking View
    • The car park is located at the front of the services.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is lighting in the car park.
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are available.
    • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.
    • Additional parking is available outside the petrol station.
  • Blue Badge Parking View
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • There is not signage available to direct users to the Blue Badge parking bays.
    • There is/are 8 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 230cm x 410cm.
    • The Blue Badge parking bays have a marked zone to both sides and rear.
    • The marked zones around the Blue Badge parking bay(s) have at least the recommended width of 120cm.
  • Paying View
    • Parking charges apply after a limited time.
    • Free parking for all users is limited to 2 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.
    • Payment for parking charges is made over the phone.
    • To see the parking charges please click here (opens new tab).
    • If staying beyond 2 hours. payment can be made by phone, text or by the paybyphone app.
      Payment can also be made at the WHSmith service counter.
  • Access from the Car Park View
    • Pedestrian walkways are not available in the car park.
    • The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 18m from the front entrance.
    • The entrance is clearly visible from the Blue Badge parking bay(s).
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is one Blue Badge bay for vehicles with a caravan at the rear of the services.

Electric Vehicle Charging Points (Ecotricity)

  • Standard Electric Vehicle Charging Point(s) View
    • There is a/are electric vehicle charging point(s) available.
    • The provider of the charging point(s) is Ecotricity.
    • Fast charging is available.
    • The electric vehicle charging point(s) is/are located to the right of the main entrance to the services.
    • Staff are able to provide assistance with the electric vehicle charging points.
    • Customers can get assistance by either phoning the services or going in and asking for help at WHSmith.
    • There is/are 5 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 230cm x 450cm.
    • The charging point(s) is/are located to the front as you approach the bay(s).
    • The height range of the electric vehicle charging point controls/screen is 131cm to 145cm.
    • The height range of the electric vehicle charging point nozzle slot is 77cm to 95cm.
    • An app is required to use the charging point(s).
    • Parking charges apply for all users (including Blue Badge holders).
    • Charging for all users is limited to 45 minutes.
    • Payment signs are not provided.
    • Payment for charging is made via an app/online.
    • For more information and a guide to electric vehicle charging please click here.
  • Blue Badge Electric Vehicle Charging Point(s) View
    • There is not a/are not designated electric vehicle charging point(s) available for Blue Badge holders.

Outside Access (Front Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'Welcome Break'.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not 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 not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of this entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • 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 210cm.
    • There are bollards at this entrance.
    • The minimum width between the bollards is 90cm.
    • The height of the bollard(s) is 100cm.
    • The bollards do contrast visually with the paving.
    • There is a/are hand sanitiser(s) in this area.
    • The height of the hand sanitiser(s) is/are 87cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the services.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • This entrance is signed with 'Welcome'.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not 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.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 130cm.
    • There are bollards at this entrance.
    • The minimum width between the bollards is 100cm.
    • The height of the bollard(s) is 100cm.
    • The bollards do contrast visually with the paving.
    • There is a/are hand sanitiser(s) in this area.
    • The height of the hand sanitiser(s) is/are 87cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.

Getting Around

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step-free access throughout the building.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of walkways.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • The cash machine(s) is/are located at the entrance to Burger King.
    • The controls/screen heights of the cash machine(s) vary between 103cm and 122cm.
    • There are hand sanitisers in the building.
    • The height of the hand sanitisers range between 98cm and 108cm.
  • Signage View
    • There is signage for the shop(s)/restaurant(s) available.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is not consistent throughout the building.

Seating Area

  • The seating area is located ahead and to the right, when entering the services.
  • There is step-free access to the seating area.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the seating area.
  • In this area there are tables and chairs without armrests available.
  • Chairs are not permanently fixed to the floor.
  • Tables are not permanently fixed to the floor.
  • The distance between the floor and the underside of the lowest table is 64cm.
  • The distance between the floor and the underside of the highest table is 73cm.
  • The standard height for the underside of tables is 73cm.
  • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
  • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Access to the additional seating area is via one well marked step, 16cm high.

Accessible Toilet (Right Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the services.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 21m from the front 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 signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • The door(s) open(s) outwards.
    • The door(s) is/are easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 86cm.
    • The contrast between the internal door(s) and wall(s) is poor.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door(s) is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 275cm x 183cm.
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • The lighting is activated by a sensor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 175cm.
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a waste disposal bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • 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) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are sanitary and nappy/incontinence items bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 115cm from the floor.
  • 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 not a colostomy bag shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • There is a lid attached to the toilet seat.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm.
    • The toilet seat 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 contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) cannot 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 good.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The wall fixed soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the wall fixed 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 contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is poor.
    • There is not a hand sanitiser.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located at the rear of the services.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The toilet(s) is/are approximately 20m from the main entrance.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet entrance.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 80cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • The lighting is permanent.
    • There is not a hand sanitiser.

Parent and Baby Room

  • The parent and baby room is located at the rear of the services.
  • The parent and baby room is approximately 22m from the front entrance.
  • There is step-free access to the parent and baby room.
  • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the parent and baby room door.
  • The signage says 'Baby Nappy Changing Unit'.
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is/are single width.
  • The door(s) is/are easy to open.
  • The width of the door opening is 75cm.
  • The contrast between the external door(s) and wall(s) is good.
  • The contrast between the internal door(s) and wall(s) is poor.
  • The baby changing table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
  • The baby changing table is not height adjustable.
  • The height of the baby changing table once extended is 90cm.
  • 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 85cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is push.
  • There is/are not chair(s) in the parent and baby room.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • The lighting is activated by a sensor.
  • There is not a hand sanitiser.
  • There is an addition flip down baby change 101cm high.

Standard Shower

  • The shower facilities are located at the rear of the services.
  • The shower facilities are approximately 27m from the front entrance.
  • There is stepped access to the shower facilities.
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the shower door.
  • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is/are single width.
  • The door(s) is/are easy to open.
  • The width of the door opening is 79cm.
  • The contrast between the external door(s) and wall(s) is good.
  • The contrast between the internal door(s) and wall(s) is good.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • The lighting is activated by a sensor.
  • There is a small 3cm step leading into the shower room and level access into the shower cubicle.

Emergency Evacuation Procedure

  • There are audio and visual alarms for emergencies.
  • Fire wardens/marshals are available on site.
  • People exit the building using the fire exits or main entrance.
  • There is an external emergency meeting point.
  • The external emergency meeting point is located on the left side of the car park, as you exit the front entrance.
    Fire Marshals will guide people to the external assembly points.