Transport in the Local Offer
Having access to suitable transport can make a big difference to someone with additional needs.
This section provides information about travel options within the London Borough of Barnet and other useful travel/transport information.
Help shape transport
The Department or Transport is seeking the views of people with disabilities to make improvements to travel by air, rail, bus and taxi. You can download the full draft transport accessibility plan including the plan in easy read and an answer booklet here
To respond by email contact: AAPconsultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk The deadline is 15 November 2017.
Travelling to and from an education setting
Most children are able to travel to and from school either by themselves or with a parent or other adult.
However, some children will be unable to do so because of their physical or learning disability. In such cases, we may offer assistance with transport.
If a child goes to a special school or has an Education, Health and Care Plan or statement of SEN, this doesn't automatically mean that he or she qualifies for help with transport. Each application for travel assistance is considered individually.
We will consider distances and will also look at the child's special needs before we decide whether to provide help with transport and what form the transport assistance will take.
Where assistance is provided, it will be reviewed on a regular basis. This will take into account the developing needs of the child along with any changes in local or national policy and practice. We will look at travel assistance offered during the annual review but also from time to time during the year.
If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan, a Statement of Special Educational Needs, or a disability which means they cannot walk of travel by public transport, please refer to the SEN Home to School Travel Assistance Policy for more information.
If you're over 16 but under 25 years of age as at 31 August 2016, please refer to the Policy and Arrangements for the Provision of Transport for 16-25 Year Olds to Access Appropriate Education and Training for further information.
The Wheelchair Passport Scheme
Travelling if you have a disability
There are various schemes that can support you with travel, such as blue badge parking permits, Dial-a-Ride, Freedom Pass, and taxicard schemes.
- Disabled Persons Freedom Pass travel pass for disabled people allows free travel across London and free bus journeys nationally.
- Disabled Person’s Rail card if you have a disability that makes travelling by train difficult you might qualify for the Disabled Persons Railcard.
- Blue Badge parking permits helps disabled people with severe mobility problems to access goods and services by allowing them to park close to their destination.
- Bus and Tram discount card
- Dial-a-Ride a membership scheme for free door-to-door transport service for disabled people who can't use buses, trains or the Tube.
- Motability provides an affordable, worry-free way for people with disabilities to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair in exchange for their mobility allowance.
- Taxicard Scheme provides subsidised transport for people who have serious mobility impairment and difficulty in using public transport.
- London Travel Watch is the independent, statutory watchdog for transport users in and around London.
- Transport for All dedicated to make travelling around London easier
Driving with a disability
The following sites outline support available to help young people with SEND with learning to drive.
- The National Autistic Society - Driving
- Driving Mobility - Physical Disability
- No Gears Driving School - Special Needs Information
- QEF Driving School