Remaining independent can sometimes be a challenge after losing all or part of your sight. Travelling around is more difficult and Taxis can be too expensive for frequent use. That’s why PAB regularly campaigns for better access and services for Blind and partially sighted users. We want to help our members to feel confident travelling on their own by working with transport companies and offering free training and advice to their employees. We have provided some information below which you might find useful.

Peterborough City Council Community Transport

Peterborough City Council Community Transport provides a range of accessible transport services for people who have difficulty accessing or have no access to public transport, such as:

  • Community Link – a door-to-door bus service in Peterborough City
  • Rural Dial-a-Ride – for anyone living in the villages surrounding Peterborough. Call S.T.A.R.T (Specialised Transport And Road Travel) on 01733 394545 or email octane.ltd@gmail.com
  • A number of volunteer Community Car schemes around the area. The main scheme of the city is the WRVS social car scheme. Call 01733 560769.

Costs vary according to the service you use. Please click here for more information on the City Council’s Community Transport services.

Buses

Peterborough bus station is right at the heart of the City with lift and stair access directly into Westgate Shopping centre.

The Travelchoice Centre

The centre is run by Peterborough City Council and is located in the Queensgate Bus Station. It provides members of the public with travel information for nationwide bus, coach and train services as well as walking and cycling options in Peterborough.

Here, blind or partially sighted residents can apply for a pass that allows free travel in England on buses. You can also download and print the form from their website. Please click here to download an application form, or for more information and other ways to apply, click here to visit the Concessionary Fare Scheme website page. Please note that you will need to provide evidence that you are blind or partially sighted, such as registration with an appropriate association or body (e.g. social services) or certificate of vision impairment (ask your GP to refer you to an eye specialist).

For more information on Travelchoice services and opening times, please click here to visit their website or call them on 01733 747474 (This is a council run service and you will need to ask to be put through to the Travelchoice centre).

Travel Line

For assistance planning your bus journey you can also call the Travel Line on 0871 200 22 33 – They can help plan a route and give you information on the bus times and services available (Please note this is an information only service and they cannot assist you to board busses or guide you around the station).

Stagecoach Buses

Stagecoach operates most buses in Peterborough. Click here to visit their website or contact them on the details below:

Email: cambridge.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com

Telephone: 01223 433 250

 

Trains

Peterborough is a busy station with good connections to London, Birmingham and the North. There are six main train operators from Peterborough station: Grand Central Trains, Cross Country Trains, East Midlands, First Capital Connect, First Hull Trains and East Coast Trains. Trained staff are able to assist customers with their journey requirements but ask that arrangements are made at least 24 hours in advance so they can help you to plan the easiest route to your destination, book your train tickets, guide your around the station, help you board the train or meet you at your destination. Tickets can also be posted to your home address.

For more information or to arrange help at Peterborough station, please contact them on 08457 225 225.

If you know which train company you wish to travel on and would like to find out more information on their accessibility policy, or arrange assistance for a journey, you can contact them directly on the numbers below or follow the links to their website:

First Capital Connect:

Telephone: 0800 058 2844
Textphone: 0800 975 1052

Click here to visit their accessibility website page.

Click here to complete their online Assisted Travel contact form (they will reply within 4 hours).

 

Grand Central Trains:

Telephone: 0844 811 0072

Textphone: 0845 305 6815

Click here to visit their accessibility website page.

 

Cross Country Trains:

Telephone: 0844 811 0125
Textphone: 0844 811 0126

Click here to visit their accessibility website page.

 

East Midlands:

Telephone: 08457 125 678
Textphone: 08457 078 051

Click here to visit their accessibility website page.

 

First Hull Trains:

Telephone: 08450 710 222
Textphone: 08456 786 967

Click here to visit their accessibility website page.

 

East Coast Trains:

Telephone: 03457 225 225
Text Relay: 18001 03457 225 225

Click here to visit their accessibility website page.