This page should help people to plan a journey in the UK. Click the pictures above for a quick way to reach some helpful places. The following postcodes may be useful to you too:
Grays Base (RM17 6QA)
Ockendon Base (RM15 5DX)
Stanford Base (SS17 7ES)
Tilbury Base (RM16 4JP)
Traveline.info: Public Transport (and walking) journey planner. You can type in addresses as postcodes or as names, such as "Grays, Bus Station" or "Ockendon, Railway Station".
AA Route Planner: A journey planner for those who have their own transport. Google Maps is good too and allows you to look at photos of the area (drag the little yellow man onto the street map). Don't forget that the Congestion Charge and LEZ (Low Emission Zone) might apply to you if driving into London.
Bus Pass: The National Concessionary Bus Pass gives disabled and elderly people free off-peak local bus travel anywhere in England. Thurrock Council provide application forms for these which need to be filled in very carefully. People living in Thurrock unable to travel safely alone can also request a "Companion Pass" allowing a friend/enabler to travel with you for free. Call 01375 413886 or e-mail to request an application form.
Changing-Places.org: If you need to find a nearby toilet with hoist and changing bed then Changing Places can help. You will need to check that you have the right type of sling to work with the available hoist (see this post on hoists and slings if unsure). We also recommend calling in advance if you can to make sure all is okay.
Direct Enquiries: Search for nearby (standard) accessible toilets, restaurants, pubs and so on.
Inclusive Communication: Make journeys easier to understand using travel Makaton signs from Essex ICE, near-by UK photos, free travel symbols and the street-view facility with Google Maps (drag the yellow man onto the street).
London Access: Transport for London have maps for tube access, boats, buses and more.
Taxis: Click on the Taxi to see a list of Thurrock Council approved wheelchair accessible taxis.
Trains: c2c journeys can be made a lot cheaper if travelling through Upminster in a group of three or four people. You can work out prices using c2c's on-line booking system (remember to add a Group3 or Group4 discount rail-card if appropriate), then pay at the station. Disabled Person's Rail Card: Train tickets up to 1/3 cheaper for the rail card holder and a companion too. This also applies to the Greater Anglia trains from Romford.
Transvol (01375 391444) is "Thurock's Community Transport" run by local volunteers. It's a members based scheme for affordable and accessible journeys mainly around Thurrock. On top of this, each June members receive an excursions brochure that advertises trips outside of Thurrock that people can join.