Borderhoppa community transport – South Norfolk
Community and Public Transport can be used by anybody who doesn’t have a car or access to public transport to go shopping, for leisure activities or to go to hospital or GP appointments.
There are also 5 Flexibus services, these are a ‘ring and ride’ service which anyone can use. There is no fixed timetable; instead the bus follows a route set by the pre-booked requests of passengers. All buses are fully accessible, with space for wheelchairs, child buggies and shopping.
There are 5 Flexibus services covering a number of towns and villages across the county:
- North Norfolk
Contact Norfolk County Council.
0344 800 8020
Contact Norfolk Community Transport Association for details of schemes in your area.
07415 789 554
Greater Anglia provides information on rail services.
0800 028 2878
The Norfolk Directory has a range of information,including links to transport schemes.
The Disabled Persons Railcard This allows eligible people and an adult companion, to get 1/3 off most rail fares throughout Great Britain.
0345 605 0525
The Disabled Bus Pass
This entitles people who either have a permanent disability, or a disability lasting at least 12 months, to travel for free on all off-peak services and at all times on weekends and bank holidays. Blind and partially-sighted people can travel at any time. Companions of eligible people can apply for free travel if the cared-for person cannot travel alone. Find out more:
Call Norfolk County Council.
0344 800 8020
Information about public transport journeys throughout Norfolk.
Coach travel – National Express Assisted Travel Helpline.
0371 781 8181
The Blue Badge Scheme enables people with severe and permanent mobility problems to park close to where they need to go, and park in spaces which are wider to allow room for wheelchairs. Contact Norfolk County Council.
0344 800 8020
Did you know – You can apply for a Blue Badge, direct from this website? Go to Do It Here
The person you are looking after may be entitled to free, or half-price road tax if their mobility is affected and they are claiming certain payments and allowances.
0300 123 4321
The Shopmobility scheme loans manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters. There is a charge for the service.
01603 753 350
Great Yarmouth Broadland Mobility
01493 330 455
West Norfolk Community Transport
01553 770 310
RADAR NKS toilet keys allow access to toilets adapted for people with disabilities. Contact Disability Rights UK.
020 7250 8191
THP Mobility offer short and long-term scooter hire and wheelchair loans.
01603 514 336
The Norwich Access Group The website includes a range of information about accessible places in the city.
Accessible Countryside for everyone provide details of accessible walks and places to visit in Norfolk and in the East of England.
Whitlingham Country Park tripboat the “Ra”
If you are disabled or have difficulty moving around, you can receive free assistance when you fly to and from the UK and Europe, including on
domestic flights. Under European law, this assistance is available to anyone with mobility requirements – for example because of their disability, age or a temporary injury. For more information download the leaflet, click below:
Special Travel Assistance from trained staff can be made available for departing passengers from the point of arrival at the airport and from the inbound aircraft. Any requests for assistance should be made at least 48 hours in advance of travel. They can also facilitate pre-travel visits for people with hidden disabilities such as those with autism. Coloured wristbands are available free of charge for passengers and any friends/family colleagues travelling with them to wear as a discreet sign to airport staff that additional support may be required whilst travelling through the airport.
For general enquiries contact the Help desk in the terminal building
07833 403 180
01603 420 672
Travel for people with hidden disabilities:
Foreign travel for disabled people – Government Information
NHS Choices website has a range of information, including travel with certain conditions and diseases:
Your local pharmacy or GP can also be able to help with details of vaccinations, managing medication or travelling with particular conditions or illnesses.
If you’re buying travel insurance for someone with an illness or disability you will need to shop about for insurers that cover pre-existing conditions – and for the best deal. Tourism for All has useful list of providers. Click here.
The Money Advice Service can also help. They say:
“If you have a heath condition or a disability – referred to by insurers as a ‘pre-existing condition’ – you need to take particular care when shopping around for travel insurance.
If you don’t disclose information about your condition when asked by the insurance company, your insurance could be invalid.
You should also check that the policy covers any expensive equipment you need to take with you.”
Click here for more advice from them.
Money Saving Expert explains that older people may have to pay more:
“Travel insurance is more expensive and more difficult to buy as you get older – especially if you are over the age of 65, with the average annual cost standing at more than £80. “
Providers such as Age UK specialise in cover for the over 65s
There’s also an on-line Travel Insurance Guide, that compares over a 1,000 providers.