I have quite bad mobility problems, and normally use a mobility scooter for getting around. These are a little big for public transport, so just over a year ago I treated myself to a small electric wheelchair. This is wonderful for public transport.
I travel totally by mself and have just returned from a few days visiting my eldest daughter on the Essex borders of London. Thanks to the wonderful Passenger Assistance which I arrange well in advance, this is a perfectly easy and comfortable journey for me. Also, if booked well in advance , extremely cheap using Disabled Passenger card. My journey invloves an overland train to Paddington - to get on and off I require a ramp, I transfer to a normal seat but use the journey to charge up the chair's batteries. Once off the train I can take myself over to the new Elizabeth Line, which is extremely accessible and that takes me to Liverpool Street, where, again I need ramp to get on and off the overland train . (In the past I have used the underground and found TFL very helpful)
Before I was quite as disabled, I would have Passenger Assistance take me to and from each train either with electric trolleys or their own manual wheelchairs. With my own chair, I am much more independent and can take time looking around the many shops at the large stations.
Just wanted to write this so that peple know that it is perfectly possible to make long journeys on public transport. regardless of any disablity. Passenger Assistance on both overland trains and TFL, are, withut exception, really helpful and obliging. I lo Cree ve it that at 82 years of age and disabled, I am still able to get around the country to visit people.
The biggest problem is not being able to take suitcase!!! I have a very large bag which hangs on the back of this chair and I have to use that for clothes, etc. Okay for a few days, could not manage a fortnight though!!!!!!
If anyone is worried abut using public transport to travel arund UK, and would like to chat about it, please PM me..
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