Transport & travel
Government information on Transport if you are disabled
Web: www.motability.co.uk Tel: 0845 456 4566
The Motability scheme enables disabled people to use their government-funded mobility allowances to obtain a new car, powered wheelchair or scooter.
Disabled Persons Railcard
Web: www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk Tel: 0845 605 0525
If you have a disability that makes traveling by train difficult you may qualify for the Disabled Persons Railcard. The Railcard allows you - and an adult companion with you - to get a 1/3 off most Standard and First Class fares throughout Great Britain.
The London Taxicard Scheme
Taxicard is a method of providing subsidised door-to-door transport for people who have serious mobility impairment and difficulty in using public transport. Taxicard holders make journeys in licensed London taxis and the subsidy applies directly to each trip.
If you are aged 60 or over or have an eligible disability, and your sole or principal residence is a London borough, you can apply for a freedom pass to help you travel around London.
Blue Badge Scheme (via Direct.gov)
The Blue Badge scheme provides a range of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems who have difficulty using public transport. The scheme operates throughout the UK.
Shopmobility lend manual and electric wheelchairs or scooters to members of the public. Each local scheme runs differently ( some of the schemes have volunteers to accompany people who are using them). A directory of local schemes is available on the website.