With a Disabled Persons Railcard, you and a friend, can save an average of £125 a year for just £20.
National Rail, working together in partnership with the train companies, offer a Disabled Persons Railcard to help you save a third off Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance fares.
Everybody should be able to benefit from the opportunities that the railway opens up. So, by helping you save money on travel you’re able to visit your family and friends, plus make more of the places you are visiting.
EXPLORING BRITAIN BY RAIL
With the help from presenter and disability campaigner, Sophie Morgan, we have picked three great locations for you to explore with your Disabled Persons Railcard. You can also take advantage of 2FOR1 on lots of great events and attractions when you travel by train. Before you travel got to www.daysoutguide.co.uk pick the attraction, download your voucher and enjoy making memories.
Destination 1 – London to Brighton
When travelling from London to Brighton you’ll take the train from London Victoria, it takes about an hour and leaves approximately every 20mins during the day.
The train to Brighton takes you straight into the centre of town and is easier to access than you think, it’s also a great place to enjoy all year round. You can find an access guide to the city as well as a map showing dipped curbs. Make sure you stop for a bite to eat in the famous Lanes area and visit one of Brighton’s great attractions before starting your journey home.
Destination 2 – London to York
When travelling from London to York you’ll take the train from London Kings Cross, it takes just under two hours and leaves approximately every 30mins during the day. The train to York takes you straight in to the walled, historic city. There is plenty to see, discover and experience. With lots of great attractions, restaurants and more. Make sure you pay a visit to York’s famous minster, they’ve even made the crypt accessible.
Destination 3 – London to New Forest
When travelling from London to New Forest you’ll take the train from London Waterloo, it takes about an hour and a half and leaves approximately every 25mins during the day. Brockenhurst is one of the main villages in the New Forest, and is really easy to explore.
There’s a Cyclexperience store right next to Brockenhurst station that offers a range of adapted bikes. In the New Forest there’s lots to see and explore, including the famous New Forest ponies. You’ll also find lots of pretty towns and villages if adventuring in to the New Forest isn’t really your thing.
MAKING THE RAILWAY MORE ACCESSABLE
The rail industry is continuously finding ways to improve and better meet the needs of disabled passengers in new and innovative ways, and carries out inclusive journey experience days with a number of disability groups. If you need assistance getting on and off a train this can be booked ahead of time via a Freephone assist number (0345 605 0525) or our national free SMS service (0345 601 0132). You’ll also find lots of accessibility features at train station including induction loops in ticket officers to assist travellers with hearing loss.
TURN UP AND GO
If you need assistance you can receive it without booking up to 24hrs in advance with our ‘Turn-up- and-go’ assistance facility. This has been created to give you more flexibility. This service is being trialled with five train operating companies and 170 stations, and is being developed more widely. We currently advertise the service at those 170 stations via www.nationalrail.co.uk to give more people the confidence to travel by train wherever they want to.
For more information about the Disabled Persons Railcard, Accessibility and ways to plan your journey visit disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk.
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