I'm joining forces with the rail industry to encourage more disabled people in Mansfield and Warsop to travel by train using the Disabled Persons Railcard, which offers a third off journeys.
Last year, 4397 journeys starting from Mansfield were made using the Railcard, up from 3149 in 2015. This compares to a 43% increase across the country as a whole, with Disabled Persons Railcard journeys rising from 5 million in 2015 to 7 million in 2019.
The Disabled Persons Railcard offers a third off adult rail fares at any time on the National Rail network for people with a disability, plus a companion. On average, passengers with the Disabled Persons Railcard save £108 a year, even after the £20 cost of the card is factored in.
I want all of my constituents to have the opportunity to travel by train, so I'm pleased that the rail industry is working hard to improve accessibility across the country and make the railway easier for everyone to use.
I welcomed the Government's recent announcement that disabled access is being improved at 73 rail stations in Britain as part of a £300 million investment, helping more disabled people to travel independently. Lifts and adjustable ticket counters will be among the new measures brought in over the next five years.
The new East Midlands franchise also includes commitments to make accessibility improvements over the next few years.
It's great to work with the rail companies to raise awareness of the discounts offered by the Disabled Persons Railcard and I hope more people will benefit from big savings that can be made.
For more information on the Disabled Persons Railcard, click here.