New accessible parking bays have been introduced at Rushden Lakes.
Located adjacent to the current disabled parking bays, these new bays – marked with a large yellow A – are intended for use by people who require a little extra space when getting in and out of their vehicles.
Centre manager Paul Rich said: “We have listened to our visitors, and we know that the existing disabled bays are well used, and that the parent and child bays are also in demand.
“In order to make sure as many people as possible can get in and out of the car with ease; safely and with minimal disruption, we have created 18 new accessible bays.
“The bays are intended to complement the additional disabled and parent and child provision across the car park.
“These new parking bays are perfect for people with babies and toddlers too; for people who need that little bit of extra space to get their pushchairs in and out of the car.
“They are all located close to the retail terraces, making it quick and convenient to get from the car into the shops or out onto the Boardwalk to access the nature trail and outdoor discovery area.
“If you are visiting us for the first time over Christmas, the new accessible bays can be found outside Accessorize, Wildwood, Fat Face, Moss Bros, Boots, M&S, Next, New Look and House of Fraser.”
Anyone with a blue badge should continue to display it when using these accessible bays the same way that you would do with a standard disabled parking bay.
Paul said: “We are hopeful that people will use the spaces sensibly, thinking about whether they need to use the new accessible bays before parking in them.
“We hope that parents and people with small children, as well as carers and people who themselves require additional space, will find them a welcome addition to the centre.”