16th March, 2020

MediaCityUK car park has been awarded the People’s Parking accreditation after achieving 15 awards for its accessible parking for disabled people, EV charging points as well as cycle and motorcycle parking.

People’s Parking also recognised the car park’s convenient location for commuters, retail and supermarket shoppers as well as its proximity to the dentist, hotels, restaurants and the popular BBC and ITV tours. The car park also received awards for having pay by phone and pre-book options.

People’s Parking, founded by disability rights campaigner Helen Dolphin MBE in 2016, works to improve car parks for customers by celebrating those with facilities for disabled people, parents, commuters, cyclists, EVs and those who drive wheelchair accessible vehicles or camper vans.

For car parks to achieve the accreditation they need to demonstrate good signage and pedestrian routes, be well lit, clean and managed. Car parks which are easy to find for people new to an area are also noted.

Helen Dolphin MBE, Director of People’s Parking, who is also a quadruple amputee and disability campaigner, said: “I came up with the idea for People’s Parking because as a disabled person I have often struggled to find car parks with the facilities I need, and by knowing which car parks meet my requirements it makes travel a lot easier.

“However, it soon became obvious to me that many other groups of people would benefit from knowing in advance which car parks would suit them. Many car parks provide parent and child parking, or EV charging, or have no height restrictions for high vehicles but it can be difficult to find all this information in one place. People also tend to have more than one need, so they may be disabled but also require no height restriction as they drive from their wheelchair.

“By creating People’s Parking, I have enabled people to search for a car park with all their individual requirements. I’m really delighted that MediaCityUK achieved my accreditation as it demonstrates their commitment to improving their car park for everyone.”

Chris Reay, Property Director of MediaCityUK said: “We are very proud to have been awarded the People’s Parking accreditation. MediaCityUK is a thriving hub for creativity and innovation with over 8,000 people working, living and studying here – smart and accessible parking is crucial. MediaCityUK is a place for everyone and we are delighted to have been recognised for this.”

People’s Parking works in partnership with the International Parking Community (IPC) to help raise standards within the parking industry.

For more information about People’s Parking, please visit www.peoplesparking.org