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Railcard for the Hard-of-hearing

By April 4, 2018 No Comments

Did you know that if you have a prescribable hearing loss, then you are eligible for a Disabled Person’s Railcard? This card is for persons of working age,

The railcard can’t be bought at station ticket offices, but you can pick up an application form which you’ll need to complete and post – or you can apply for the card online. The card costs £20 for a 1 year card or £54 for 3 years. No restrictions on travel time.

“You’ll need a copy of the front page of your NHS battery book or a copy of your dispensing prescription from a private hearing aid supplier” and the form needs a Social Services official stamp.

Contact details for Disabled Person’s Railcard
“If you need to get in touch, we’re open from 0700hrs to 2200hrs everyday of the year except for Christmas day. You can:
Email: disability@raildeliverygroup.com
Phone: 0345 605 0525 Calls cost no more than calls to geographic numbers (01 or 02) and may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.
Mini-com/Text phone: 0345 601 0132 (For customers with hearing impairments)

Post:
Disabled Persons Railcard Office
PO Box 6613
Arbroath
DD11 9AN

The Benefits
Get 1/3 off adult rail fares for travel on the National Rail network in Great Britain.
If you’re travelling with another adult they will also get 1/3 off their rail fare, so you can save money for a friend or family member too! There are no time restrictions on the Disabled Persons Railcard, so you can use it to get a discount on tickets at any time of the day.

The Cons

It appears that you cannot use this for a monthly season ticket? So in a recent example, a chap that buys a season ticket from Huddersfield to Manchester pays £240. If the Railcard was used for individual return tickets, the total cost would be £270 (based on 20 days’ travel).