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Transport Information for Disabled Travelers in London

disabled.jpgTraveling around London via public transport is not the easiest activity for disabled people. Most stations on the Underground, in particular, are decades old and not designed for wheelchair or disabled access.

Transport for London (TfL), with help from disability organization Scope, have produced a guide for disabled public transport users in London called Getting around London, detailing the accessibility on public transport for people with restricted mobility.

The pocket-sized guide contains maps for the Tube, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Tramlink, River services, bus routes in central London and a plan of Victoria Coach Station.

It gives accessibility information for all Tube and DLR stations, including access to ticket halls, platforms and the interchange between lines. It also details access for all passenger-service piers on the River Thames.

Getting around London is available online, or by request at Tube and Bus stations and Travel Information Centres. There are audio, braille and large print versions available.

The newest forms of public transport in London, such as the Docklands Light Railway, Tramlink and the Heathrow Express, are generally more user-friendly to disabled passengers than the Underground. Using taxis should be easier, as all licensed black cabs must carry a wheelchair ramp for access.