We want to ensure that all blind and partially sighted people in Scotland can make safe journeys by rail and have equality of access to public transport.

Our Fair Rail Vision

Sight Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government to work with local authorities to establish a new national policy for free rail travel across Scotland for those with a National (Scotland) Concessionary Travel for Blind Persons card and their companions. 

Currently, there is no national policy for rail travel across Scotland which entitles free rail travel for blind and partially sighted people and their companions. With different concessionary and companion schemes in different areas, we’ve heard first-hand how this is causing confusion to both passengers and rail staff.  

As coronavirus restrictions come to an end, we want to make rail travel better for those living with sight loss. That’s why we’re calling for a new national rail travel policy for Scotland, like that of the free bus travel scheme. 

Join the campaign today by adding your name to our open letter to the Minister for Transport. You can spread the word by sharing the campaign on Twitter and Facebook – don’t forget to tag us @SightScotland and @SightScotVets and use the #OurFairRailVision. 

Why not get in touch with your MSP too and ask them to back accessible and equitable rail travel for blind and partially sighted people?

If you have personal experience of issues around rail travel get in touch with us at policy@sightscotland.org.uk to share your story. 

We are calling for:

  • Free rail travel for those with a National (Scotland) Concessionary Travel for Blind Persons card and their companion 

  • Accessible rail travel for blind and partially sighted people 

  • A consistent policy across Scotland, wherever you are travelling 

Sign our open letter

Name

Dear Minister for Transport

Our Fair Rail Vision

We are writing to you regarding concessionary rail travel for blind and partially sighted people.

We believe there should be a national policy for rail travel across Scotland which entitles free rail travel for those with a National (Scotland) Concessionary Travel for Blind Persons card and free travel for their companions, akin to that of the free bus travel scheme.

Currently, whether a visually impaired person and their companion can access free or discounted rail travel depends on which local authority they are resident in. Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans have heard first-hand how the lack of a national policy is negatively impacting blind and partially sighted people across Scotland and is causing confusion to both passengers and rail staff. 

Travelling with a companion can make a real difference for visually impaired people, providing support which is vital for many blind and partially sighted people to be able to use rail services safely and with confidence.

As ScotRail is set to transfer into public ownership post March 2022, we are calling on the Scottish Government to establish a national policy for rail travel across Scotland which entitles free rail travel for those with a National (Scotland) Concessionary Travel for Blind Persons card and their companions. 

Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans would very happy to meet to discuss this issue further and how we can work together to ensure rail transport is accessible and affordable for those living with sight loss.

Yours sincerely

Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans