Transport, Travel and Discounts (SEND)
Transport and travel information for those with a special educational need or disability (SEND). Includes travel discounts and travel training.
Busses | Disabled Person's Bus Pass
This gives you: free bus travel in Buckinghamshire. You can apply online if you have one of the following disability types
- blind or partially sighted
- profoundly or severely deaf
- without speech
- without the use of both arms
- learning disability
Coaches | Disabled Coach Card (National Express)
This gives you: 1/3 off Standard and Fully Flexible fares any time. 95% of National Express coaches are wheelchair accessible with anchor points and located at the front of the coach.
Trains | Disabled Persons Railcard
This gives you: 1/3 off rail fares to travel across Britain and a 1/3 off for an adult travelling with you. You can bu a one-year railcard or one that lasts for three years.
Cars and Personal Transportation
Blue Badge Scheme
The Blue Badge scheme allows disabled people to park close to their destination to help access goods, services and other facilities. People with hidden disabilities, including anxiety disorders or a brain injury, can also apply for a Blue Badge.
Car Tax Exemption
Disabled people do not have to pay vehicle tax on their car. Mobility scooters powered wheelchairs and invalid carriages are also exempt. You can claim disability exemption when you apply for vehicle tax.
The Motability Scheme can help you with leasing a car, powered wheelchair or scooter if you receive a qualifying benefit. Their aim is to support as many disabled people as possible with the financial cost of their transportation needs. Carers and parents can also drive on behalf of the person with a disability, so parents of children and non-drivers can apply. The vehicle must be used by, or for the benefit of, the disabled person.
Talk Back-Nclude run an Independence Training programme called Independence Unlimited. The programme runs in Aylesbury and helps young adults live fulfilling and independent lives by building confidence in:
- travelling independently
- managing money
- building and maintaining relationships
- staying healthy
- preparing for the world of work
The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyards have been adopted by all of the UK's major airports and supported by many supermarkets, railway stations, leisure facilities and the NHS.
Sunflower Lanyards are often worn by those who have a non-obvious disability. They are green with yellow Sunflowers on them. Sunflower Lanyards are intended to be a subtle but visible sign to help staff to recognise that the wearer (or someone with them) may require some extra help, time or assistance. The lanyards can be bought for low cost from the Hidden Disabilities online shop.
Sensory Room at Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport became the first UK airport to open sensory room for passengers. The room in the North Terminal is free to use and provides a calming space for passengers with special needs to relax in before their flight. Activities you can try in the room include:
- Catherine Wheel Panel - colour and sound displays including firework effects
- Abstract Tactile Panels – raised and recessed fluid shapes in contrasting textures
- Colour Match Panel – classical music, mood lighting, and game to improve memory, colour recognition and motor skills
- Sound to Light Showtime – sounds converted into a dazzling light show of colour
- Waterless Rainbow Tube – colour wheel with both calming and stimulating effects
- Interactive Giant Causeway – step on each segment to activate colourful lights
- Activity Board - activities encouraging motor movement, coordination and sensory skills
- Infinity and Beyond Panel – visual and auditory effects using range of shapes, sounds, patterns and speeds
Hidden Disability Lanyards at Airports (Sunflower Lanyard)
The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyards have been adopted by all of the UK's major airports including nearby Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton Airports. The scheme is also supported by many supermarkets, railway stations, leisure facilities and the NHS. The lanyards are often worn by those who have a non-obvious disability. They are intended to be a subtle but visible sign, enabling staff to recognise that the wearer (or someone with them) may require some extra help, time or assistance when moving through the airport. The lanyards can be bought for low cost from the Hidden Disabilities online shop.
Other Useful Information
The Civil Aviation Authority has information on accessing special assistance at the airport.
Community transport is a transport service usually run by volunteers or the community. Sometimes community transport is run because there is a lack of transport in the area such as rural areas or for those who cannot access or use conventional public or private transport. Here are some community transport options.
The Chilterns Dial-a-Ride is a Registered Charity dedicated to providing an affordable, accessible and safe transport service for people living in or close to the Chiltern District who, due to age, illness or disability are not able to transport themselves or use public transport services.
Risborough Area Community Bus (RACB) is dedicated to providing low-floor, easily accessible transport in and around Princes Risborough and surrounding villages for all those, of all ages, inadequately served by public transport. In addition to scheduled services, monthly outings are run to places of interest and the bus is also available for use by not-for-profit organisations and individuals during weekday evenings and weekends.
The Winslow and District Community Bus aims to provide safe, flexible and affordable transport to any voluntary, caring and charitable groups and individuals throughout Winslow and the surrounding area.