Less Able Visitors

Less-able access to the NLR

The NLR welcomes everybody to our heritage experience, and we are striving to make your visit as pleasant and memorable as possible, especially for our less-able visitors, who deserve equal access.

Wheelchair user’s compartment

Our BR Mk 2 Brake Micro-Buffet Trolley (BSOT) coach (No.9102) has recently had part of its interior specially converted to create a purposefully-designed compartment for wheelchair users.

The compartment features a hinged table to allow space for ease of manoeuvring. There is comfortable space for 1 wheelchair user and 2 companions/carers.

The wheelchair user’s compartment has been designed to accommodate a ‘reference wheelchair’, as shown in the diagram below. The reference wheelchair is bigger than most wheelchairs, to ensure that enough room is provided for most wheelchair users.

Portable access ramp

In addition, we have a new access ramp, the funds for which have been provided by a very generous grant from The Sudborough Foundation. The ramp not only gives safe and easy access to the wheelchair user’s compartment but can also assist anyone with reduced mobility or a sensory impairment to access the rest of the train.

Our staff will always be on hand to assist when boarding or disembarking the train.

Parking

There is a dedicated disabled parking at Pitsford and Brampton Station. You do not need a blue badge to use our disabled parking space.

Toilets

There is a dedicated disabled toilet at Pitsford and Brampton Station. Unfortunately, however, there are no toilet facilities on the train. A typical train journey lasts approximately 30 mins.

Shop

There is access to the souvenir shop via a ramp and door on the rear of the building.

Please get in touch

If you have any questions about booking the wheelchair user’s compartment, or about your specific access needs, please either email us at enquiries@nlr.org.uk or call the Booking Office on (01604) 820 327 (lines are only manned on operating days between 10am and 4pm).

“As soon as we arrived, we were all made to feel very welcome and the staff were on hand to help board the train via the new ramp. We all felt very safe and included whilst boarding. When on the train we could watch out of the window and enjoy our journey.On their return we were assisted off the train and enjoyed refreshments in the cafe.
The ramp works really well, the carriage was easy for to access and the staff were helpful, attentive and considerate.”

Claire Baxter – Northants Parent Carer Forum