If you are disabled or have difficulty travelling, you can get advice about accessibility on our trains before you travel.
And when you come to one of our stations, we can offer you the help you need.
Making travel accessible
We know as an industry we can do better to give everyone the confidence to travel. We’re working hard to empower disabled people and others in need of assistance by making our services easier to use, and have set out our commitments in our new Accessible Travel Policy.
For example, the notice to give should you choose to pre-book assistance is reduced to six hours before travel, although you’re always welcome to turn up at a station unannounced. All our staff are having improved accessibility training, we’ve enhanced our websites and signs at stations, and we’ll have mobile support teams serving our smaller unstaffed stations. Find out more by clicking the links below.
Our Accessible Travel Policy documents are available here in alternative formats including audio and large print versions.
Printed copies of our Making Rail Accessible document will shortly be available from all staffed stations across our network.
How to book assisted travel
There are several ways to book Passenger Assist:
Fill in our assistance booking form online
Email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us on:
Telephone: 0800 138 1016 (your information may be recorded)
Minicom/Textphone: 0800 138 1018
Our assisted travel helpline is open 24 hours a day, except on Christmas Day.
We can arrange help – both at stations and on trains – as well as providing train times and travel information.
If you're booking a journey for the first time in a while and would like to talk it through, please call our Assisted travel team.
Our team can help with bookings involving travel on other train operators. Should you wish to contact other operators directly, contact details are available on National Rail’s website.
How do I buy a ticket?
We’re happy to help you plan your journey. If you want to book your train ticket in advance, call our assisted travel team at least 7 days in before you’d like to travel.
If you have a Disabled Persons Railcard, you can get 1/3 off most rail fares throughout the UK. If you're travelling with a companion, they’ll enjoy the same discount.
Learn more about the Disabled Persons Railcard.
Find information here on discounts for blind and visually impaired passengers travelling with a companion, and on passengers who stay in their own wheelchair during a journey.
If you are a disabled passenger, and are unable to easily purchase a ticket at the station where the journey starts, then the appropriate fare, including discount if applicable, can be paid en route without penalty.
What to do when you arrive at the station
We can offer the best assistance if you get to the station at least 20 minutes before the train is due. When you arrive let a member of staff know you’ve booked assisted travel.
We can help you:
- buy a ticket and anything else you may want for your journey
- show you where to go – you’ll need to get to the platform 5 minutes before your train leaves
- get around the station, providing ramps or another kind transport if you can’t use steps
- board the train and find a seat
- change trains during your journey
We can also carry light luggage and let other stations know you are coming so that you are looked after when you arrive.
You shouldn’t have to wait longer than 5 minutes for the help if you’ve booked.
Accessible facilities at the station
Make sure to check our station pages, for information on accessibility at your station.
You can also search for your station on this page, to see if there are any temporary reductions to the accessible facilities.
What to do if you can’t book assisted travel
If you can’t let us know before you travel about your accessibility needs, tell a member of staff when you get to the station that you’d like assistance. If they can’t help, they’ll arrange for you to go to another station where you will be looked after.
If there’s no member of staff at the station, you can phone us on 0800 138 1016 or use the help point for assistance.
Tips to help us help you
We recommend that all passengers arrive in good time at the station - as a general rule of thumb, if possible try to arrive at staffed stations 20 minutes before your train is due to depart so we can arrange the most suitable assistance based on your needs.
Station staff, conductors and on-board supervisors have accessibility awareness training and are equipped to help you access our network with confidence.
Staff are widely available on most of our stations and trains. Examples of help our staff can provide includes:
- Meeting you on arrival at the station
- Assistance purchasing your ticket
- Assistance boarding or alighting a train and finding a seat - ranging from a helping hand to the use of a ramp
- Assistance climbing up or down stairs
- Assistance with luggage
At stations that are not staffed at the time of your journey, assisted travel is also available from our control centre team. They can be contacted via help points which are normally situated on platforms. At a small number of stations where help points are not available, our control centre can also be contacted via a freephone number (see posters at stations for details).
For assistance with train times and routes, reach out to our Assisted Travel team who can provide more information.