Category Archives: Connect Culture

Tomorrow starts : Closure of the subway route into Coventry City Centre

Diversion signs

Diversion signs

reblogged from Connect Culture website.

Work on the new Bridge Deck at Junction 6 is now entering the final stages and is on target for the scheduled completion date of spring this year. In order to complete the work, contractors need to close one of the main pedestrian subway routes between the railway station and the city centre. The subway closure – marked in blue on the plan – will come in to effect from 6am on Monday 30 March and will remain in place until the new pedestrian boulevard across the bridge deck opens in mid- May.

This means you will not be able to walk between the railway station and the city centre via the subways which run between Grosvenor Road and Warwick Road, or the footpath next to the contractor’s site offices and down towards Greyfriars Green and into Bull Yard.

The two pedestrian routes to the city centre will be: 1 via the Manor Road footbridge – shown in orange on the plan 2 along Park Road towards Junction 5 – which exits near the Police Station and Severn Trent building – shown in orange on the plan

An alternative route to and from the city centre to Central Six and Warwick Road is available via Westminster Road – as shown on the plan and pedestrians will also still be able to exit the front of the station and turn left to walk up Warwick Road.

The temporary pedestrian crossing in Station Square will be re-sited and placed in front of the new bus interchange, while the existing crossing on Manor Road will be moved closer to the junction with Park Road.

Drivers will still be able to access and exit the railway station on the existing routes. Central Six and the shops opposite will be accessible from Warwick Road in the usual way – either heading towards the city centre or via the ring road heading towards junction 6 from junction 5 (the police station)
Find out more at

Junction-6-Routes-250315-HR (pdf)

Map of temporary routes

Map of temporary routes

Greenwich Cutty Sark’s accessibility

In September Zara Todd went with me to try out the access at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, here is the short video and report on it.

Here are the videos we didnt manage to fit in

Its not just the accessibility but the whole experience is pleasant and access is embedded so we did not struggle for access.

Obviously The Cutty Sark has spend some thought to make it inclusive for all visitors.

The Cutty Sark is at Cutty Sark, King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT  Tickets can be bought online

Coventry Fargo Village

Reblogged from the website

Fargo Creative Village in Coventry is billed as the destination for independent shopping and creative arts in Coventry, the ‘creative village for people looking for something a little bit different’, ‘bringing a whole new dimension to the city of Coventry, with niche and unique retailers, artists’ studios, creative workspace, crafts, cafes, markets and entertainment space’ ‘in a community of like minded people.’

So is it accessible? I went to have a look.

FarGo is on Fargo Street – there are directions on the website. I took the no 9 bus but there is also the no 8 and 10 bus. The entrance is roughly opposite the Pig In the Middle. The adjacent pavements are not very even and there is a speed bump into the Village which might be problematic for those who have mobility issues.

The Spectacular Goat waves a hello

@SpectacularGoat waves a hello

Most of the entrances are level access except the ones housed in containers for example.


container shop with steps

some of the shops are small and do not have much room to manoevre but the people are friendly. The Urban Coffee Company is a really nice place to have coffee but ask to go in at a side door because there is a drop of 8 inches at least at the front entrance, I had to wave a bit to get attention.

Roomy space in the Urban Coffee Coffee (with accessible loo)

Roomy space in the Urban Coffee Coffee (with accessible loo) level access at the side

The main market place is level, good access. There is no heavy door to manage but plastic strips to part to get in. Interesting vintage clothes, a lovely book shop ( but it looks a bit difficult to move around in a wheelchair, clothes ( tee shirt printing incluced) and small stalls.



While I was there, there was a story telling session in one of the spaces and there were activities for children. It seems a bit quiet for a Saturday afternoon but its a good place with interesting gift shops. I hope it will grow when Coventry people get to know it better.

Meseta Coffee, Coventry

We have some quick access guides for restaurants on the Connect Culture website with ratings. Be good to get comments as to whether we should add more details. These are all independent ratings.

We are looking at Euans Guide too and adding to that.

Here is the latest edition on the website – Meseta coffee house, Bull Yard, Coventry

Tables outside Meseta Coffee House, Coventry

Meseta Coffee, Coventry

“Coffee house in the Bullyard. There are parking meters for the Bullyard or setting down spaces. Bus stops there too. Servers are helpful but it can be less easy when they are busy. Good servings, expresso coffees come with a glass of water unasked. Cakes look inviting as do the meringues. Accessible loo needed key to unlock (not Radar). Transfer is on the left side. Lots of natural light and there are seats outside for sunny days. “

Connect Culture members visit ‘I need a Holiday Too’

at the water edge

reblogged from Connect Culture website

We decided to visit Brittany after hearing all about I need a holiday too. They had kindly offered a top prize to the Moving On Young Disabled Students video competition.

None of us drive and Jacqui and Carl agreed to hire a mini van for us to drive us around. We took Brittany Ferry crossing over from Portsmouth International Ferry Port & Terminal

Tip for wheelchair users using public transport – taxis in Portsmouth use telescopic ramps (with 2 planks/ramps – I hate those) which I find scary! Better to take the local bus no 700 or 20.

We had booked accessible cabins but they are on the small side! They do come with en suite bathrooms and television.


It was cocktails on board – there was a mixture of family entertainment by a magician and comedian. But we were all tired and the gentle rocking of the boat made sure we slept through the night.

The wait to get off the boat the next day was looong! We had to wait for the right ramp and the accessible van.

Carl came to pick us up at St Malo. We stopped at a supermarket to pick up supplies: fruit, vegetables, eggs, wine, cheese, charcuterie, fish, yoghurts and brioche! When we arrived at the house, we sorted our rooms and rested, and had a quiet but delicious meal!

We went off to a stroll around La Roche Derrien following the river right next to the house.

The next few days we went out to visit different beaches in the near vicinity – they were all very different and had some splendid meals in restaurants some of which were recommended by Jacqui.


and of course the whole trip was made stress free because Jacqui and Carl were very accomodating and had the equipment needed for us (even a ‘hospital’ bed for me)sked Jacqui I asked her why she thinks people should want to visit her –

It was time for us to leave and on the ferry we were happy to know we could access the deck

Here is Carl saying goodbye to us before we set off home


Thank you Jacqui and Carl for a great restful holiday!


Updated Photos: changes to Coventry train station due to Friargate development

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