This Category contains information on what Accessible Transportation is available in Fife
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The Equality Act 2010 gave disabled people rights including in the areas of public transport and consolidated and expanded existing equalities legislation, including introducing a new public sector equality duty. Transport operators have a duty to proactively consider how they are going to effectively reduce the barriers for disabled people.
Under European law-Air passengers Rights, if you are disabled or have difficulty moving around you can receive assistance when you fly to, from and within Europe.
You do not need to be permanently or physically disabled to benefit from this service. In fact, anyone who has difficulty moving around, for example because of their disability, age or a temporary injury, can receive help when they fly. This may include help when travelling through an airport, boarding or disembarking an aircraft and during a flight.
Sometimes, however, the assistance you get may not meet your expectations or communication can break down. In some limited cases, your requirements may not be covered by the law.
You can find out more from our booklet Top tips for disabled and less mobile passengers – Your Passport to a Smooth Journey.
You can find out more from our free step-by-step guide ‘Your Rights to Fly’
Last updated: 19 Feb 2019
The above information is from https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/disability-and-air-travel
Request assistance for your journey, two hours or more before you travel.
Our opening hours are 07:00 to 22:00, 7 days a week (except Christmas Day) for phone and online bookings. If you’re travelling early in the morning, make sure you book assistance before 22:00 the previous evening.
You can book assistance:
- Online using this form
- At any staffed station on our network – check opening times at your station
- Free Assisted Travel Helpline: 0800 912 2901
- Assisted Travel Textphone: 18001 0800 912 2 901 (for people who are hard of hearing)
If your journey goes beyond our network, and includes travel on other train operator services, we ask that you book assistance 24 hours before travelling so we can meet their notice period requirements.
Book assistance online
We’ll verify your journey details, make sure we can fulfil your request and confirm arrangements via email. If you’ve provided your phone number, we’ll call you if we need to talk things through.
The below information is from https://www.fifedirect.org.uk/topics/index.cfm?fuseaction=service.display&objectid=02968055-04A6-4669-9143-9B730A3ABB46 31/08/2019
Demand responsive transport
As part of Fife Council’s Transportation Services, Demand Responsive Transport provides wheelchair-accessible transport free-of-charge to individuals in the community who have difficulty accessing mainstream public transport.
These services are commonly known as Dial-a-Ride and Ring & Ride.
Dial-a-Ride is a free shopping service for people who have difficulty using conventional public transport. This is a minibus service that will pick you up from your home address and take you to a major shopping centre within your local area. Please contact us for a timetable for your area which shows the day(s) and time(s) you can travel.
All our buses are easily accessed by very low steps or a lift. The driver is always on hand to help you and will assist you on and off the bus if required.
We can also tell you which shopping centres have ‘Shopmobility‘ (takes you to an external site) who may be able to arrange a helper for you. A friend can travel with you as a companion and they too will travel free. You can bring your hearing or guide dog.
Passengers wishing to travel must book their journeys before their day of travel by telephoning
03451 55 11 88 between 9.00 am and 2.30 pm Monday to Friday.
Bookings will normally be accepted up to 14 days in advance.
Ring & Ride
This is a door-to-door service that you must call and book in advance. The bus will call at your door and will take you anywhere within the local area.
All our buses have very low steps or a lift. The driver is always on hand to help you and will assist you on and off the bus if you want.
Ring & Ride currently operates within the following areas:
- Levenmouth – (Leven/Buckhaven/Methil/Methilhill, Kennoway, Windygates)
- Dunfermline (including Rosyth)
You can travel anywhere within your area. Unfortunately, you cannot use Ring & Ride to travel between different areas of Fife. For example, you cannot travel from Kirkcaldy to Dunfermline, using the Ring & Ride, however we can provide you with transport to an interchange point to allow you onwards travel. This may help when trying to access, for example, hospital appointments out with your area.
Who can use Ring & Ride?
If it is difficult for you to use normal buses then call us. Your difficulty may be permanent or temporary, physical, mental or sensory.
Where can I go?
You can go anywhere you want, as long as it is within your area.You may want to go shopping, visit relatives and friends, go to work or to college, go to the cinema or bingo or just visit the park. Please see the attached leaflet for your area in the publications section at the bottom of the page.
When can I travel?
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What if I need a helping hand?
If you feel the support of a friend or family member would help please bring them with you. You can also bring your hearing or guide dog.
What does it cost?
Once registered you can travel free.
How do I use Ring & Ride?
We need you to register before you can book a journey. Registration is quick and simple, all you need to do is telephone the Ring & Ride office on 03451 55 11 88. Registrations will be accepted between 11.00 am and 2pm.
Telephone the booking office on 03451 55 11 88 and tell us where and at what time you want to travel. Our booking office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
The list below shows the day you need to call us to book your trip:
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Please use the contact details below for any further information on these services. A trained member of staff will take time to discuss with you the various services available within your area.
Ring & Ride
Tel: 03451 55 11 88
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ
The below information is from: https://www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/
Get 1 /3 off rail fares
If you’re travelling with a friend they can get the discount too.
£20 for a one year card can you afford to be without it? A three year card at £54 is also available (Prices at 29/08/2019)
I tried to see if there is an update to the 2003 version but the only thing I could find is:
Making Fife’s Places Planning Policy Guidance – buildings, green infrastructure, and streets [August 2015]
This document sets out Fife Council’s expectations for the design of development in Fife.
It explains the role of good design in creating successful places where people will want to live work and play through an integrated approach to buildings, spaces and movement.
This document covers:
All types of development except wind farms and minerals. This includes:
- Proposals incorporating existing buildings/ townscape
- Proposals affecting designations in the historic environment [listed buildings, Conservation Areas, Scheduled Ancient Monuments] including their
- settings · Proposals affecting designated nature conservation sites · Proposals for locations in the countryside, edge of settlement and within settlements
This document is intended to be used by:
- Designers and investors preparing planning applications for new development;
- Fife Council officers [Development Management and others] and elected members who take decisions on planning applications; and
- Communities in Fife
This document replaces:
- Green Infrastructure SPG
- Fife Masterplans Handbook
- Creating a Better Fife: Fife Urban Design Guide
- Fife Sustainability Checklist · Public Art SPG
- Fife Council Transportation Development Guidelines Supplementary Designing Streets Guidance
Status of this document: This document is a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.
Once the Local Development Plan – FIFEplan is adopted this document will be finalised taking into account any changes that may result from the Local Development Plan examination. The document will then be submitted to Scottish Ministers before becoming statutory Supplementary Guidance as part of the Development Plan.