Transport and Older People
Key Facts for Somerset
- In 2013/14, 122,000 age-related concessionary bus tickets were issued in Somerset (Somerset County Council)
- In the same year, over 4 million bus passenger journeys were undertaken by concessionary ticket-holders in Somerset, the bulk of which are older people
- 1 in 5 Somerset residents aged 65 or more have no access to car or van. The proportion is even higher in some rural towns and villages and amongst women (2011 Census)
The Blue Badge Scheme provides national parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who travel as drivers or passengers. The scheme is also for people who are severely sight impaired. People who have blue badges can park close to their destination in on-street parking and some car parks.
- A total of 15,600 Somerset residents are estimated to be automatically entitled to a Blue Badge due to their disability (based on benefit, war pension and NHS registered blind data).
- Of these almost 2 in 3 (64%) actually have one.
- The number of individuals holding a Blue Badge parking permit in Somerset decreased by 3.4% to 30,800 in the year to March 2016.
- 10,952 were issued in Somerset in the year ending March 2016
- Blue Badge holders in Somerset represent 5.6% of the county’s population, well above the national average of 4.3%.
For more information and statistics, please see the Department for Transport website
- Somerset Road Safety have a well-established Route 60+ programme for older drivers (see our Road Safety page).
- Some people may be eligible for free non-emergency patient transport services. These services provide transport to and from hospital for people who have a medical need for it. They are provided by NSL Care Services, Somerset County Council's Transporting Somerset, and British Red Cross.
Slinky is an accessible bus service funded by Somerset County Council for people unable to access conventional transport. It can be used for a variety of reasons such as getting to local health appointments or exercise classes, visiting friends and relatives, going shopping or for social reasons.
- Somerset also has Community Transport and Community Car schemes operated by various providers.
- The Moving Forward website offers advice and information on different forms of transport including walking and cycling.