Accessible travel by train in the north of England has just become significantly easier.
This is thanks to a new mobility scooter permit scheme which has been introduced on 21 routes and at a total of 140 train stations by Northern Railway.
Scooter users will be able to travel to and from more than 100 stations across the Northern network as a new accessibility scheme is introduced, the rail company said.
Passengers may apply for a permit and their scooter will be assessed to ensure its safety.
Each user will be given a personalised sticker that will be placed on the pre-assessed vehicle. This will also be accompanied by a card that can be carried.
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.
“We have been working with members of the Northern Trains Accessibility User Group to create a phased introduction of routes and stations where Northern can accommodate scooter users.
“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.”
Application forms can be found on the Northern website.
Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “We are committed to giving people with additional mobility needs the confidence to travel by rail.
“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.”