Travel schemes

Travel schemes

The more you can get out and about the better. Keeping busy helps you to keep active and alert, whether you are meeting friends for a coffee, heading to the shops with the family or attending appointments you have made.

There are a number of schemes operating in Solihull to help you get on the move.

Blue Badge (disabled parking permit)

If you have mobility problems, you may be eligible for a Blue Badge. Blue Badges are issued to people with a permanent and substantial physical disability. A Blue Badge lets you park in designated disabled spaces and have more freedom parking within restricted roads.

You can find out more about the Blue Badge scheme, how to apply and if you’re likely to qualify from the Solihull Council website.

Community transport

There are several Community Transport services for local people with mobility problems:

  • Motability - established for disabled people to lease transport options
  • Ring and ride - a door to door bus service using accessible vehicles that can accommodate wheelchairs
  • Minibus hire - available to local community groups, you can hire a minibus with or without a driver whilst full driver training is also available
  • Shopmobility - a scooter or wheelchair hire service to shop in Solihull town centre

Concessionary Public Transport

The National Concessionary Travel Scheme provides passes that give eligible older and disabled people free off-peak travel on buses, trains and trams.

In Solihull the concessionary travel scheme is operated by Network West Midlands, where you can find out how to apply.

Once you have your free pass, you will be able to enjoy free travel:

  • during off-peak times, between 9.30 am and 11.00 pm (or end of daytime services) Monday to Friday
  • all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays

If you are registered disabled you can apply for a disabled persons pass on the Network West Midlands website.

A disabled persons pass can be used on:

  • buses throughout England from Monday to Friday 9.30am and 11.00pm and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays - anywhere in England.
  • trains within the Network West Midlands ‘blue zone

National Railcards

If you travel regularly by train outside of the area, a National Railcard could be ideal. They are provided by National Rail and offer at least a third off of most rail fares. They can be used throughout the country. You could benefit from the:

  • Senior Railcard
    • valid for anyone aged 60 or over
    • at least 1 third (33 per cent) off most fares
    • additional savings, rewards and offers
    • 08448 714 036
  • Disabled Persons Railcard
    • valid for registered disabled
    • at least 1 third (33 per cent) off most fares
    • adult friends get a discount too
    • phone 0845 605 0525
  • Family & Friends Railcard
    • valid when travelling with children
    • gives 1 third (33 per cent) off most adult fares
    • gives 60 per cent off fares for younger people
    • £30 for 1 year or £70 for 3 years

Network West Midlands

The latest local travel information, service updates, route alterations and further travel help is also available from Network West Midlands.

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