Some disabilities can make it challenging for people to use public transport. For those who would struggle to leave the house, community transport provides various ways for people to visit shops, local services, tourist attractions and much more.
For people who cannot use regular buses, for example because they are registered blind or with serious mobility problems, GMPTE sells Travel Vouchers at a discounted rate. These can pay for travel on accessible bus services, such as Ring and Ride, or for taxi fares. The vouchers also provide free discounted travel on the Metrolink or rail network.
Please note: People with a concessionary travel pass that gives free off-peak travel on trains or buses will need to return this if they decide to have Travel Vouchers.
GMPTE also operate Local Link, a local bus service. People of all ages, regardless of if they have a disability can ring and book a door-to-door trip in the local area. Journeys should be booked a week in advance. Local Link operates in the following areas:
- Dane Bank/North Reddish, phone 0161 343 6449;
- Heald Green/Gatley/Cheadle Royal, phone 0845 605 5505;
- Mellor/Marple/Compstall/High Lane, phone 0844 854 2610;
- Offerton/Great Moor/Stepping Hill/Hazel Grove, phone 0845 605 5505.
Ring and Ride
One option for people of all ages that have difficulty using public transport is Ring and Ride, an organisation that provides a door-to-door minibus service. It enables you to go:
- shopping or to enjoy local leisure activities;
- to the doctors or to hospital;
- to school, further education or place of worship.
People using the Ring and Ride service can also go into nearby Tameside and Manchester. In addition, they provide travel support for people who are unable to travel on their own.
Easy-Go CT (Stockport)
Easy Go CT provides community transport for people with mobility difficulties or disabilities. The Easy Go CT buses have tail-lifts and provide a door-to-door service so that people can go shopping, attend the doctors or hospital and visit places of worship. Easy Go CT can also take people on longer excursions, including holidays. Group bookings are available for community groups in Stockport. All journeys can be booked three weeks in advance and GMPTE Travel Vouchers are accepted.
If you cannot use public transport, taxis are an alternative form of transport. You can use GMPTE vouchers to pay for taxi travel at a reduced rate. Check your phone directory for details of local taxi firms or look online.
Some taxi drivers have successfully completed training in disability awareness. These are listed in Disability Stockport and Stockport Council’s Disability Friendly Transport guide. Follow the link below to look at this.
Stockport Car Scheme
Stockport Car Scheme provides volunteer drivers to help people who struggle to use public transport and disabled people and their carers with shopping trips, social groups, day centres, visiting and health appointments.
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Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)
Address: 2 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BG
Phone: 0161 244 1000 (or 0871 200 2233 for help travelling to and from train stations)
Fax: 0161 244 1011