Newcastle is a city in Tyne and Wear, North East England, 166 km south of Edinburgh and 446 km north of London on the northern bank of the River Tyne, 13.7 km from the North Sea. Newcastle is the most populous city in the North East, and forms the core of the Tyneside conurbation, the eighth most populous urban area in the United Kingdom. Newcastle was part of the county of Northumberland until 1400, when it became a county of itself. The regional nickname and dialect for people from Newcastle and the surrounding area is Geordie. Newcastle also houses Newcastle University, a member of the Russell Group, as well as Northumbria University. The city grew as an important centre for the wool trade in the 14th century, and later became a major coal mining area. The port developed in the 16th century and, along with the shipyards lower down the River Tyne, was amongst the world’s largest shipbuilding and ship-repairing centres. Among its icons are Newcastle United football club and the Tyne Bridge. Since 1981 the city has hosted the Great North Run, a half marathon which attracts over 57,000 runners each year. Newcastle wheelchair access is very good by international standards, which supports wheelchair access and disability travel more broadly.
Manchester disabled transport mini bus and taxi services operate a of modern specialist vehicles from 16 seater down to 4 seater. All will carry wheel chairs (so no more trying to clamber out of your chair and into and uncomfortable seat). You can travel your own chair, in comfort and without any hassle. visit our contact page for more information. They have a large fleet of fully modified vehicles.
Liverpool is a city in North West England, with a metropolitan area that is the fifth-largest in the UK, with a population of around 2.5 Million. Liverpool is on the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary, and historically lay within the ancient hundred of West Derby in the south west of the county of Lancashire. Its growth as a major port was paralleled by the expansion of the city throughout the Industrial Revolution. Along with handling general cargo, freight, raw materials such as coal and cotton, the city merchants were involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In the 19th century, it was a major port of departure for Irish and English emigrants to North America. The popularity of the Beatles and other music groups from the Merseybeat era contributes to Liverpool’s status as a tourist destination. Liverpool is also the home of two Premier League football clubs, Liverpool and Everton, matches between the two being known as the Merseyside derby. Liverpool wheelchair access is good with access to transport and attractions.
Trains on the Wirral and Northern Line have been refurbished and have wide doors, wheelchair spaces and audible announcements. Trains on the City Line are a little older and space is limited, particually for wheelchairs and buggies. Some stations may be difficult to gain access to with steps, ramps and kerbs and the step up from the platform onto the train can be high. Details of access to stations can be found on the National Rail website.
Please visit the Merseyrail website to find out which stations are fully wheelchair accessible.To learn more about our commitments to making your journey as safe and accessible as possible, please download our access guide below:
Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 545,500 as of 2017. It lies within the United Kingdom’s third-most populous metropolitan area, with a population of 3.2 million. The recorded history of Manchester began with the civilian settlement associated with the Roman fort of Mamucium or Mancunium, which was established in about AD 79. Manchester began to expand “at an astonishing rate” around the turn of the 19th century. Manchester’s unplanned urbanisation was brought on by a boom in textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution and resulted in it becoming the world’s first industrialised city. Manchester wheelchair access is of a high standard. Access to most venues is available and disability access to transport is also very good.
The People’s History Museum is certainly worth a visit. This national museum charts the history of the struggle for equality and democracy in the UK, particularly in Manchester. Excellent wheelchair access allows you to enjoy the main galleries, Changing Exhibition Gallery and Community Gallery, along with interactives and activities for visitors of all ages. You can march through time using tactile maps to guide you. There are tactile drawings of scenes from around the museum to demonstrate the powerful motto that ‘there have always been ideas worth fighting for. Browse the shop for unique books and gifts and round off your day with a bite to eat in the museum’s on site cafe bar The Left Bank.
Train services are very accessible, and many disabled people can use the rail network without help. If you do need help, it’s best to book your journey 24 hours in advance, for example if you:
find it hard to get on and off trains
use a wheelchair – on most trains you’ll need a boarding ramp and to reserve a wheelchair space
use a mobility scooter – some train companies have restrictions
have a visual impairment and need guidance at the station or help getting on and off the train
have difficulty walking long distances – some stations have wheelchairs or electric buggies.
By booking your journey in advance, National Rail and the train company can make it as easy as as possible for you to travel. They can make arrangements if the station is not step-free or usually not staffed at the time. Visit National Rail to check each train company’s accessibility policy for disabled passengers.
Metrolink is a modern system with a range of accessibility features. All Metrolink trams and tram stops are accessible for wheelchair users. Mobility scooter users must have a mobility scooter permit to take their scooter on a tram.
Every tram stop has
a ramp, lift, or escalator
step-free access for wheelchair users and people with pushchairs
CCTV and emergency call-points
platforms with tactile edges for visually impaired passengers.
Buses have ramps and can take wheelchairs. Their low-floor buses have a flat step-free entrances. Buses also have audio-visual ‘next stop’ announcements and display screens, and route numbers and destination displays meet accessible standards of size and legibility.
Cardiff is the capital of Wales, and its largest city. The eleventh-largest city in the United Kingdom, it is Wales’s chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural institutions and Welsh media, and the seat of the National Assembly for Wales. The wider urban area is home to half a million people. Since the 1980s, Cardiff has seen significant development. A new waterfront area at Cardiff Bay contains the Senedd building, home to the Welsh Assembly and the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex. Cardiff wheelchair access is a pleasure for tourists with a disability. The city centre is quite compact and everything is easily accessible by foot or on wheels.
Cardiff is nice and flat, and the Council has planned for Cardiff disability access, with accessible pavements, kerbs and road crossings.
New buses are running on the streets of Cardiff. The new busses make a big difference to passengers with disabilities in terms of comfort and reliability. The new buses will also have low and wide floor access and dedicated wheelchair and buggy space.
A fast and frequent rail network allows you to discover the Cardiff area. If you are disabled and need help, contact the National Rail Enquiries to book a specialized assistance at least 24 hours ahead of your journey.
There are numerous taxis that can provide you with comfortable and accessible vehicles that can safely transport you to your destination. Most cab drivers have experience transporting wheelchair aided passengers. However, as some electric wheelchairs do not fit some vehicles it is always a good idea to check before the beginning of your journey.
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and the seat of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the supreme courts of Scotland. The city has long been a centre of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scots law, literature, philosophy, the sciences and engineering. It is the second largest financial centre in the United Kingdom (after London) and the city’s historical and cultural attractions have made it the United Kingdom’s second most popular tourist destination (again, after London), attracting over one million overseas visitors every year. Edinburgh wheelchair access is fairly good, especially considering the cobblestone streets, the hills and the number of old historic buildings.
The National Museum of Scotland is a highlight of any visit to Edinburgh. There is wheelchair access and the cafe on the roof provides great views of the city.
Edinburgh Castle is another ‘must see’ location. The Castle has made a real effort to make access for all an important feature throughout the Castle available to all. The steep slopes and cobbles can be a challenge for wheelchair users, but there is a mobility vehicle available that will take you to the top of the main area if needed. Accessible toilets are available at various points throughout the castle. One is located at the main entrance and another is in the Education block just off the castle square, and others are available as well.
Edinburgh wheelchair access buses can be found across their 70 services. They provide:
– Low entrances that can “kneel” to kerb height to give step-free or shallower access where possible – Retractable boarding ramp for wheelchair access – Completely flat areas on the lower deck (no internal steps to worry about) – High visibility handrails – A dedicated wheelchair space – More than 50% of journeys are now on buses with a specific buggy space
The entire fleets of Edinburgh’s two main black cab firms are wheelchair access with over 900 taxis between them. Taxis can enter most places in Edinburgh, including the Castle Esplanade (though for events such as the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo it’s important you let the relevant event team know beforehand, contact details for whom can be found on event websites). For more information and advice, contact City Cabs (+44 (0)131 228 1211) or Central Taxis (+44 (0)131 229 2468).
London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom. It is a city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the city. London wheelchair access is very good. Many historical buildings have wheelchair access ramps or lifts installed. Curb cuts and sidewalks are generally very good. The sidewalks are well-maintained and you will not encounter much broken concrete.
London wheelchair access buses in operation across 700 London bus routes. These buses are all fitted with low-level floors, wheelchair ramps and audiovisual announcers. Wheelchair users can travel free of charge on all Transport for London buses, and registered assistance dogs are also welcome on-board.
More than 60 Tube stations offer step-free access for wheelchair users, with Tube-level platforms and manual boarding ramps. There are also tactile markings on many platform edges, contrast-colour station facilities for visually impaired travellers, audiovisual announcers and information points at most stations.
The Victoria, Metropolitan, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines all have highly accessible Tube trains in service.
London trams are highly accessible with priority seating for disabled and elderly passengers, level access on the platform, wheelchair-accessible buttons and an emergency intercom system to contact the driver for assistance. Travel is free of charge for wheelchair users, and there are tactile markings along the platform edge for visually impaired visitors to London.
Take a ride in an iconic London black cab, which can be hailed at the side of the road or found at a designated taxi rank. All licensed taxis in London are wheelchair-accessible with many offering wheelchair ramps, an intermediate step and swivel seats, plus induction loops and an intercom system. London taxis are required by law to accept assistance dogs at no extra charge.