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Transport for those with disabilities

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 gives disabled people rights of access to places such as railway stations, airports and travel agents.

Transport vehicles are covered by separate provisions in the DDA and regulations have been introduced to improve the accessibility of buses and coaches and trains.

If you have a disability, planning your journey by public transport may take a bit of extra thought and preparation.

Here are some of the things that you'll probably have to consider:

  • Do you have to make any arrangements in advance to make sure you'll be able to travel comfortably?
  • If you are planning to travel by train, it is advisable to make the stations aware of your needs at least 24 hours before you travel. You can find out about facilities at different stations by contacting National Rail on 03457 48 49 50
  • If you have a sensory impairment make sure you check whether the services you are planning to use have both audio and visual announcements
  • Have you worked out how you are going to get to and from the station/bus stop?

There's lots of advice on travel and transport on the Direct Gov website

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