If you have a disability, travelling sometimes isn’t as easy or as accessible as it should be. We’ve put together some helpful hints and tips to help take the hassle out of getting to a Revitalise Centre, so all you need to worry about is how to enjoy your break.
- Let the train take the strain
- Cancellation insurance
- Disabled Persons Railcard
- Happy motoring
- Why not fly?
- Other useful resources
Let the train take the strain
Rail operators can help you in all sorts of ways. The key is to book as early as possible, giving them the chance to help you plan your journey and ensure every stage is accessible.
For more information visit National Rail Enquiries
We recommend that you take out cancellation insurance for your break as cancellation fees do apply if you are unable to travel for any reason.
There are a number of options available; the following are examples:
Age UK – Tel: 0800 389 4852
Insurance with us – Tel: 0845 485 3501
Fish Insurance – Tel: 0800 088 3275
Disabled Persons Railcard
At only £20 a year, this gives you and an adult companion a third off a standard or first class rail travel throughout the UK. Even without a railcard, wheelchair users who stay in their chairs are entitled to the same discount.
If you are travelling to a Revitalise centre by car, there are plenty of resources to ensure a hitch-free journey:
- The Automobile Association (AA) can help you plan your journey from anywhere in the UK.
- Traffic England gives up to the minute advice on avoiding traffic hotspots, incidents and roadworks.
- The Highways Agency gives 24-hour traffic information and updates by phone, online and on digital radio.
Why not fly?
Did you know that each of our centres is within easy reach of a regional airport?
- London City airport – 11 miles from Jubilee Lodge
- Manchester airport – 45 miles from Sandpipers
- Southampton airport – 9 miles from Netley Waterside House
Thanks to new regional airports and an increasing choice in domestic flights, getting to Revitalise by air is definitely an option. As with travelling by train, booking well in advance is the key to a stress-free flight.
For more advice on flying, visit Directgov’s webpage for disabled travellers.
Other useful resources
The Blue Badge Map is an interactive online map provided by Directgov. You can search the UK for Blue Badge parking bays, accessible public toilets, train stations, Shopmobility centres, accessible beaches and more. The map is also available via an App. Visit the Blue Badge Map page on the Directgov website
The Community Transport Association UK (CTAUK) provides local accessible transport, including dial-a-ride, vehicle hire and private car schemes.
The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) provides transport and travel advice for disabled people.