Our aim is to create an accessible service which is inclusive of all our customers and their needs.
We consistently receive feedback and use this to review our processes and practices so we can continue to improve these services for all.
Discover all you need to know about our code of practice for disabled travellers, and how we can make your National Express experience better.
With over 21 million passenger journeys every year, we are committed to continually improving the service we provide and we will always listen to customer feedback to make sure we get things right. We are committed to understanding feedback from disabled customers, making improvements where necessary and continuously improving.
Our Code of Practice includes a commitment to disability awareness training for our staff who deal directly with the travelling public or with issues relating to the travelling public. It also takes into account our wheelchair accessible coaches and expert advice on carrying wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Our aims are to always deliver an outstanding service to every customer and to ensure everyone can make use of our services, as long as it is safe to do so.
We welcome and appreciate feedback about our services and will always listen to feedback regarding accessibility and inclusion. As a result, we're making improvements these include some clearer guidelines which can be found below.
We are also reviewing our other communications and reminding all our drivers, coach station staff and ticket office staff of our policy. We look forward to welcoming on board as many wheelchair users as we are able to, in accordance with our policy.
If you are a wheelchair user and are booking travel with us in advance or at the time of travel, we need to carry out certain checks to ensure we can provide travel. These include:
You are not required to book in advance, however we recommend that you contact us on the following local rate telephone number: 03717 81 81 81 (lines open 8am - 10pm 7 days a week) 36 hours in advance of travel to give us time to carry out these checks, if you wish to book travel on the day we will make all reasonable efforts to carry out these checks on the day. If all checks are clear, we will be able to complete the booking.
We have a dedicated team to support customers, you can contact our Assisted Travel Team to talk through any assistance needs on 03717 81 81 81 (lines open 8am - 10pm 7 days a week), or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More details can be found on our Contact Us page
To download or view a full list of facilities, including accessibility features available at our coach and bus stations, please see our Facilities Directory. Alternatively please contact our Assisted Travel Team. We also have some of our sites listed on accessible, which includes more details of the accessibility of our sites.
This list details our most popular stops where the wheelchair lift can be deployed and is not inclusive of all stops National Express serve. If a stop you need isn’t listed please contact our assisted travel team on 03717 818181 (option 3) or email email@example.com and we will check for you.
This list details is our most popular accessible stops and is not inclusive of all stops National Express serve. If you cannot see a stop that is local to you please call us on 03717 818181 (option 3) and we will check for you.
National Express recognises the importance of making its web services available to the largest possible audience and has attempted to design and develop this website to be accessible by all users. We have recently completed an accessibility review of our website and have identified areas which need development.
To book coach travel online, please use the Journey Planner on our homepage for our most up to date booking experience. We are working to make our website accessible for all of our customers and welcome feedback on how we can improve.
Where possible this website has been coded to comply with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Guidelines Priority Levels 1, 2 and 3 (Conformance Level "AAA").
National Express will continue to test future releases of this site and remain committed to maintaining its compliance with appropriate accessibility guidelines and serving the widest possible audience for our services.
For questions about our continuing efforts to make web-based information accessible to all users, or to report an accessibility problem on any of our pages, please contact us.
Our code applies to all disabled customers including:
We recognise that some experiences of health conditions or disability are not visible. If you let us know your requirements we will aim to help wherever we can.
You can call or email our dedicated Assisted Travel Team to talk through any assistance needs (Textphone/Minicom also available).
When calling, you will receive specialist assistance in planning your journey, arranging seat reservations and discussing ticketing options.
1.2a Travel with wheelchairs
Wheelchair access to our coaches is via a lift located at the front of the coach. Our wheelchair accessible coaches have an extra large entrance and a flat floor throughout the coach to aid mobility.
For customers who can transfer from wheelchair to coach seat, wheelchairs are accepted subject to them being safely stored in the luggage hold of the coach. We are sorry but we are unable to accept wheelchairs heavier than 20kg in weight unless we have assistance lifting the wheelchair at each end of your journey (including any connections).
We will accept wheelchairs for travel on our accessible coaches subject to the following:
1.2b Mobility Scooters
While customers cannot travel in their mobility scooters, we do accept small lightweight mobility scooters for storage and carriage in the coach luggage hold. This is subject to the following conditions:
Other access needs
We also comply with all the relevant provisions of the Passenger Rights Act 2013 (see section 1.12)
You can plan a journey by visiting any National Express ticket office/agent or via the blue journey planner on any page on our website.
If you are disabled and/or need some assistance along the way, you can call our contact centre.
For wheelchair bookings and more specific assistance requirements, our dedicated staff are available between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.
For more general assistance, you can call our contact centre, including Sundays. Alternatively you can email us at: ADDL@nationalexpress.com.
When calling our Assisted Travel Team, our dedicated staff can give you journey details, reserve you a front seat (subject to availability), book you a wheelchair space and sell you your ticket(s). They can also agree the level of assistance required at each stage of your journey and advise you on which services it can be provided.
Simply explain the assistance you need and once our advisors have assessed the details, they will give you all the information you will need for your journey.
Please make sure you give us as much information as possible before you travel as this will help us deliver the right service on the day. Our advisors will always do all they can to help.
If we can confirm all the information we need straight away, you can pay for ticket(s) over the phone.
Alternatively, if we have to call you back, we will take payment then.
Please note that if you are disabled and buying tickets via our Assisted Travel Team we can sell you all types of tickets.
For just £12 a year, our Disabled Coachcard gives you 1/3 off your travel, all year round. It’s simple to buy and all you need in order to qualify is to have certification showing that you are disabled, which you might also be asked to show when you are travelling.
You are eligible if you receive disability-related benefits or are registered as deaf or use a hearing aid, or are registered as visually-impaired or have epilepsy.
The card offers discounts all year round – you can use your Coachcard at any time, every day, with no peak or off-peak restrictions.
Leaflets are also available at all our coach stations. Alternatively, call our Assisted Travel Team for more information..
We can only offer practical assistance at stations where we have National Express staff and during the hours we have staff on-site.
We ask our teams at these locations to assist customers as appropriate.
National Express station staff and drivers are expected to:
Victoria Coach Station (VCS) is owned and operated by Transport for London (TfL). TfL provides its own Mobility Assistance service for National Express and other coach operators’ customers with reduced mobility.
To pre-book Mobility Assistance at VCS, customers or ticket agents may telephone the Help Point on: 0207 027 2520 at anytime of the day or night.
Faxed bookings can be sent to: 0207 027 2512.
Alternatively, customers can book assistance via the TfL website.
Our Assisted Travel Team can also book assistance for you when planning your journey.
TfL advise us that the following conditions apply:
Our Assisted Travel Team (Disabled Persons Travel Helpline) is based in our Customer Service Centre in Central Birmingham. The team can be contacted by phone and are/will:
National Express actively seeks to comply with all relevant parts of EU legislation, Passenger Rights 2013.
The legislation applies to all customers travelling on domestic services within the EU and outlines what coach operators will do in different situations. Amongst other things, the Regulation provides guidelines on: travel for disabled customers, compensation processes, provision of information throughout passenger journeys and non-discrimination.
A full version of the legislation is available from: http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/passenger-rights/index_en.htm
We are committed to delivering a safe, inclusive and responsible network of services where our customers are suitably informed, assisted (where necessary) and compensated should anything go wrong.
Under the terms of the legislation, National Express will:
If you feel your rights as a passenger have been breached, please let us know.
Thank you for travelling with National Express!
We really do welcome feedback and comments from all our customers, which helps us to understand how we can improve our service to you.
If you need any further information before you book your coach journey, or just wish to confirm any of the points raised in this leaflet, please contact us by any of the methods detailed below:
By calling our team on 03717 81 81 81, lines open 7 days a week, 8am - 10pm.
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Assisted Travel Team
National Express House
All tickets are issued and passengers carried subject to the National Express General Conditions of Carriage.
Issued by: National Express Ltd, National Express House, Birmingham Coach Station, Mill Lane, Birmingham B5 6DD.
Business registration number: 2590560
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