There are a number of modern light rail or tram systems operating which provide quick, convenient, and accessible travel around cities.
These currently include Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Tyne & Wear, Croydon, and London Docklands.
Getting on Board
All these systems are accessible to anyone who needs to travel in a wheelchair.
Scooters are also generally accepted though there are some size and weight limits. You should check the operator’s website for any limitations before you travel.
Access to and from the platforms is also level and easy to manage.
As an old and complex system, the tube in London is particularly challenging for people with mobility problems.
But remember that all London buses and taxis are also accessible so journeys that cannot easily be made by tube are still possible by other modes.
There is a growing number of stations (currently 79) which now provide lift access to and from the platforms and level boarding onto the trains generally from one clearly marked area of the platform.
Details of access routes and other facilities can be found at https://tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/wheelchair-access-and-avoiding-stairs.
Both wheelchair and mobility scooters are able to travel through the network but be sure to check which stations are accessible for you to get on and off.
Assistance to travel by tube
Transport for London (TfL) also provide a “Turn up and Go” system which means that you don’t have to pre-book assistance. See https://tfl.gov.uk/transport-accessibility/help-from-staff.
There are very few accessible toilets on these networks apart from at large interchanges/stations – if necessary check when booking exactly what any facilities comprise, and where they are.
There may be a Transport Hub near you which could help and offer advice and guidance.