Travelling on public transport is always better when you’ve saved a few pennies, or got yourself a good deal. For those regularly travelling on trains there are a few railcards out there that can save you up to a third off your rail fare. Plus, for those that are eligible, there are bus passes available too.
For £30* per year (£20 for a Disabled Persons Railcard) National Rail offer a variety of Railcards, giving discounts for train travel, including:
✔ 16-25 Railcard – for those aged 16-25, or mature students (26+) and in full-time education
✔ Two Together Railcard – for two named people travelling together
✔ Family & Friends Railcard – for those travelling with children aged 5-15 (up to 4 adults and 4 children can travel on one card)
✔ Senior Railcard – for those aged 60 and over
✔ Network Railcard – for those travelling in the South East and aged 16 or over
✔ Disabled Persons Railcard – for those who have a disability that makes travelling by train difficult could qualify for a Disabled Persons Railcard, giving the user 1/3 off rail fares across Britain for them and a friend
For further information, and to order online, go to railcard.co.uk.
There are a selection of local incentives to promote travelling by public transport, including:
✔ National Free Bus Pass – for those aged 65 or over you’re entitled to a bus pass that allows free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England.
✔ Disabled Persons Free Travel Bus Pass – similar to the National Free Bus Pass, eligible disabled people are entitled to free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England.
Apply for either bus pass online at suffolkonboard.com, call 0345 6000659 or pick up an application form from your local Suffolk County Council office or library. For those of you unable to use public transport, due to location or severe mobility impairment, you can find out what alternatives there are to public transport, including a concessionary voucher scheme.
If you are unable to travel by conventional public transport (i.e. due to location or severe mobility impairment) you could be eligible to receive travel vouchers to assist with the cost of community transport services. Contact your local council, Forest Heath District Council, for details on how to obtain these vouchers or head over to suffolkonboard.com.
For Chancery Park residents that are unable to travel by conventional public transport. The Voluntary Network provides details about a variety of community transport options including:
✔ Dial-a-ride, a local door-to-door transport service using easy access minibuses. The service operates Monday to Friday, from 8.30am-4.00pm. All passengers need to be members, for a membership pack and more information, call 01638 608022.
✔ Community Car Services such as ‘Wheels Within Wheels’, a smaller, wheelchair accessible vehicle for hire. The vehicle can be used by groups and individuals who can supply their own driver, although there are some volunteers who are able to drive the vehicle, subject to availability. The vehicle is based in Newmarket and available 7 days a week. Call 01638 608022 for more information.