Disability Resource Centre (DRC)
Cambridge city information
Community Development Officer, Cambridge City Council
Cambridge City Council want disabled people who live in Cambridge, or visit the city, to have full access to services and facilities and to enjoy being part of Cambridge. Where disabled people come up against a difficulty, or need information or support, we are here to assist you.
This page contains information regarding:
- Pedestrian travel around the historic centre
- Shopping centres and Shopmobility
- The Grand Arcade project
- Link to maps of the University Departments and Colleges
Cambridge city centre is almost all flat and level, and comfortably small. Although there are a few areas of cobbles and difficult cambers, pedestrian access around the centre is not too difficult, and thanks to the efforts of the city and county councils, local residents and businesses, and the University, it is improving rapidly. You will soon learn the shortcuts and routes to take if you have mobility or vision problems, and the Disability Resource Centre can help you with this.
- Much of the historic centre of Cambridge is a pedestrian zone 10am–4pm Monday to Saturday.
- Bicycles, shuttle buses, permit holding cars, some taxis, and service providers such as rubbish collectors can still travel through the zone, using a one-way system. You may be entitled to a permit if you have a disability. See the next section on Driving for information.
- There are benches in Sidney Street, Quayside, and the Lion Yard shopping centre, and a RADAR toilet in Lion Yard also. There are other RADAR public toilets scattered around Cambridge and the centre — see the last section on Toilets for a list.
- There are also disabled toilets on the first floor of Border's on Market Hill, and on the top floor of Marks and Spencer next to the café.
- The more recent Grafton Centre, Fitzroy Street and Burleigh Street, located on the other side of Christ's Pieces around a 5–10 minute walk from the historic centre, are all pedestrian zones and generally very accessible.
- The Grafton Centre itself is all under cover and on smooth floors, with large lifts between levels and disabled toilets inside the ordinary toilets on the ground floor.
- Shopmobility services operate from the Grafton Centre East car park and the Park Street car park — see separate section on Shopmobility.
Grand Arcade Project
- The Grand Arcade is a huge shopping centre project currently under construction between Downing Street, St Andrew's Street, Corn Exchange Street and Lion Yard.
- When it is finished, which is expected to be spring 2008, there will be 52 new retail units, two cafes and a restaurant, and 950 new parking spaces (including many more blue badge parking spaces) in a two-level covered shopping centre.
- Until then, many areas of the historic centre will be affected as a result of building works, in particular St Andrew's Street and Christ's Pieces, and it is best to avoid this area if you have mobility or sensory impairments.
- All areas and facilities in the new centre, including a fully refurbished central library, will be fully accessible.
For maps of the University Departments and Colleges, see www.cam.ac.uk/map/.