Disability campaigners have given the thumbs up to a raft of highways improvements across Blackpool.
Bosses at N-Vision, a charity which supports people in the resort with either low or no vision, have welcomed improvements to help their clients move around the town safely.
Low vision is the term used to refer to a visual impairment that is not correctable through surgery or glasses. It is often characterised by partial sight, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision.
The latest improvements include making the Promenade easier to navigate for pedestrians, improving crossings at the Central Business District and the introduction of a green line system to help people visiting the N-Vision centre in Squires Gate, South Shore.
The installation of a green line system takes after a similar method that directs people to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
The idea behind the green line is that the contrast in colour with the regular pavement can direct people with low vision safely along a route to their destination – in essence, working as a sat nav for the visually impaired.
The painted green line now directs people from the nearest bus and tram stop at Starr Gate to the N-Vision centre on Bosworth Place.
Similarly, newly installed zebra crossings at the Central Business District, along with studded pavements are making it easier for people with low vision to locate safe crossings on Talbot Road, Dickson Road and High Street.
At the same time, improved crossings with studded pavements and high contrast road surfacing have made it easier for people with low vision to cross the busier parts of the central Promenade more safely, the council says.
Judith Harrison, community services manager at N-Vision, said: “Blind and partially sighted people find getting around a challenge and anything that can help give confidence and assist in orientation is always beneficial.
“Most of our users have some useful vision that can pick up a bright colour and as such the green directional line is a huge help to them.
“We have appreciated the support of Blackpool Council in agreeing to the green line being painted and for the speed with which the idea was taken forward. ”
Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for municipal assets, said: “As a town, we are very proud of the way that we look out for our residents and visitors who may have a disability.
“These improvements will help people with low vision to get about their daily business as safely as possible.”