Travelling on public transport is always better when you’ve saved a few pennies, or get 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 offers 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 60 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.
✔ Endeavour Youth Card – pick up a cashless Endeavour card if you aged between 16-19, and you can get at least 25% off full price adult fare on participating bus services in Suffolk.
✔ Endeavour Park & Ride Smartcard – an adult Endeavour card is available for those using the Park & Ride schemes in Suffolk.
Apply for either bus pass online via suffolkonboard.com, call 0345 6000659 or pick up an application form from your local Suffolk County Council office or library. Endeavour cards are available to purchase online from endeavour.suffolkonboard.com, or via post. Applications can be downloaded or sent via post, to be returned to Endeavour Card, PO Box 212, Waterlooville, PO7 6ZN.
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 Sycamore 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.
✔ Connecting Communities is a transport service that helps people in the Beck Row area that would otherwise not have access to a regular bus service. Operating Monday to Saturday, 7.00am to 7.00pm, the booking line is open Monday to Friday, from 8.00am to 4.00pm. Call 01638 664304 for more information.