The Battle of the Rail Replacement Bus Service

16/8/14

Euston – Birmingham

I bang on here about the importance of “turn-up-and-go” to allow disabled people flexibility but in reality travel is more expensive and restricted than for ‘ableds’. Using Expedia or Lastminute is simply not practical as they generally don’t list Accessible rooms. Neither do most chains. Even using discount rates on hotels own websites is risky in case anything goes wrong either with your health or your journey and you loose the non-refundable payment.

This weekend was a classic example. Having planned and booked a weekend away I discovered the London – Birmingham line was shut for engineering works. The replacement bus service wasn’t accessible.

I could have pushed for a taxi, which is tiring, uncomfortable and adds huge delays, but sometimes a battle is easier left unfought.

oh, and cancelling the weekend saved me £300!

 

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About Alan

I'm an Economist, Geek, Campaigner & wheelchair user who's been using all forms of public transport for 20+ years.
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