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We sometimes provide free home to school transport for a child with SEND, based on our assessment of individual needs. See the home to school travel section below.
The Freedom Pass for disabled people gives free travel on:
With a Disabled Person’s Railcard you can save up to a third on the cost of train tickets. If travelling with an adult family member, carer, or friend, you both get the discount.
If you've serious permanent mobility problems or severe sight impairment, the Taxicard scheme provides subsidised travel in black taxis and private hire vehicles.
TfL runs a door to door service for people with long-term disabilities. Taxicard scheme members are automatically eligible for Dial-a-Ride.
TfL Mentoring service to help vulnerable people learn travel routes and gain confidence in travelling independently.
If you're registered with a GP in Waltham Forest, you can access wheelchair service through AJM Healthcare, our NHS wheelchair service provider.
We may provide free home to school transport for a child with SEND. The reasons for this include living far from a school or college, age, type of special educational need or disability.
Our policy on school travel assistance outlines how we determine eligibility and what type of support we might give. This could include:
Parents wishing to use this service must:
We will monitor standards and survey parents and schools every year to check how satisfied they are with the service.
Schools can help by:
If you're 16 or over, you can apply for travel support providing:
Apply to the SEN team as early as possible. Contact the SEN transport officer on 020 8496 6500 for details.
Community transport is usually run by local people for others who have difficulty using normal transport.
Individuals and community groups can book transport in advance for leisure or other trips. Volunteer drives are trained in helping people with mobility difficulties.
Registered charity Community Transport Waltham Forest (CTWF) provides safe, affordable and accessible group travel service to local community and voluntary groups.
To find out more, email email@example.com or call 020 8521 0665.
Various services can help if you have difficulty getting about, whether it’s a physical or learning disability, sensory impairment, frailty or lack of confidence.
Motability Scheme is an exchange scheme which offers disabled people access to a new car, powered wheelchair or scooter.
Shopmobility schemes lend manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs and powered scooters to people with limited mobility to help them get around.
You can borrow a mobility scooter for up to one week from Shopmobility.
To find out more, call: 020 8520 3366.
Plan your journey ahead using the Walthamstow bus service information to find out about bus services with low floors.
You can also talk to a qualified rehabilitation officer for advice.
If you need assistance to move around, a companion may be able to travel free.
Plan a route with TfL using the accessibility options right for you.
You can apply for a free carer’s parking permit if you are:
Annual Blue Badge resident permits are available to Waltham forest residents who live within a CPZ, and not part of a car-free development.
If you hold a valid Blue Badge, you can register for a 100 per cent discount on the congestion charge, even if you don't own a vehicle or drive. You can also apply on behalf of another person, for example a child.