Rail network operator Northern is offering a new mobility scooter scheme to travellers.
The York-based business, which provides services in the north of England, is enabling mobility scooter users to travel to and from more than 100 stations across the Northern network thanks to a new accessibility scheme launched last year.
A new scooter permit scheme was rolled out across more than 21 routes and at a total of 140 stations along the network in October and dozens of applications have been submitted so far.
Maxine Myers, Accessibility Improvement Manager, at Northern said: “More than 21 routes across our network are now scooter friendly – and more will be rolled out in the near future as we continue to make our trains and stations as accessible as possible for our passengers.
“The scheme has already been very popular and although we strongly advise people to continue to follow the Government’s advice to only travel if essential for work, or for other legally permitted reasons we want our customers to know that our network can accommodate scooter users to help them get where they need to be.
“Anyone who wants to bring their scooters on our trains should apply for a permit first so we can check it meets the standards that make it safe for us to take it on-board.”
Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern said: “We are committed to giving people with additional mobility needs the confidence to travel by rail, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to support our customers whenever they need it.
“The mobility scooter scheme is an example of this commitment and we’ll be looking to deliver improved accessibility across our network as we roll out similar improvements at other stations in the future.”