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Low floor and wheelchair accessible buses
Nottingham's fleet of local buses are all low floor and the nearly all wheelchair accessible.
Low Floor buses
All of Nottingham's local buses are low floor, with Nottingham's bus operators investing heavily in new easy access buses. Low floor buses are level with raised kerbs to enable easy access on and off. Where raised kerbs have not been installed or buses cannot reach the kerb for whatever reason these buses can 'kneel', dropping the front of the bus down to the height of a standard kerb.
Wheelchair accessible buses
Most of Nottingham's buses are also fitted with dedicated, purpose built wheelchair bays that allow wheelchair users to travel in safety. The bay position varies according to the type of bus, but it faces to the rear, with handrails and a vertical protection board behind the chair. There will be enough space to manoeuvre yourself in. You will need to put your brakes on, although the movement of the bus is very stable.
Most wheelchair users can travel on a wheelchair accessible bus. The bus companies just ask that your wheelchair is well maintained with correctly inflated tyres and it should not be too overloaded with bags! When you use the ramp you will need to adjust your kerb climbers. Unfortunately some heavier wheelchairs and pavement scooters cannot be taken on the bus.
Nottingham City Transport have included symbols on their website to show which are wheelchair accessible - NCT's low floor and accessible services
trent barton also have the majority of their fleet wheelchair accessible, give their customer service team a call for more information - www.trentbarton.co.uk, (01773) 712 265
audio announcements are also available on some services and more are on the way this year.