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Last Updated: Friday, 10 June, 2005, 11:37 GMT 12:37 UK
'Buddies' for disabled travellers
Alice Maynard on the Tube
The scheme aims to encourage confidence in using public transport
"Travel buddies" are trying to encourage more disabled people to use London's buses, trains and the Tube.

The pilot scheme, run by Transport for London (TfL), offers advice on the most wheelchair-friendly trips.

And for those who want some extra moral support, a "buddy" can be requested to join them on their first low-floor bus, Tube or train journey.

The free scheme is aimed at those who have recently become disabled, or who lack confidence on public transport.

TfL says it wants to give disabled Londoners confidence in the transport system and give them more travel choices.

A spokesman said: "People use the scheme to help them complete local journeys to the shops, library or college, using local accessible bus routes."

"Some use [it] together with Dial-a-Ride or Taxicard to help them complete a longer distance journey that door-to-door services find it hard to provide at low cost."

Others just phone up for some advice on their options. The scheme runs from 0800 BST to 1800 BST Monday to Friday.

To use it call 0207 241 7457.


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