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If you have a disability, you can apply for a Freedom Pass which offers you:
free travel on most public transport at all times
free travel on National Rail services within London after 9.30am
free travel on local bus services across England.
The Freedom Pass is paid for Lewisham Council and the scheme is managed by London Councils on behalf of all London boroughs.
You can apply for a Freedom Pass if your main residence is in the Lewisham borough and you have any of the following statutory disabilities listed in the Transport Act 2000:
people who are blind or partially sighted
people who are profoundly or severely deaf
people without speech
people who have a disability, or have suffered an injury, which has left them with a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to walk
people who do not have arms or have a long-term loss of the use of both arms
people who have a learning disability that is defined as 'a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning'
people who, if they applied for the grant of a licence to drive a motor vehicle under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1988, would have their application refused pursuant to section 92 of the Act (physical fitness) except on the grounds of persistent misuse of drugs or alcohol.
When you apply please include the following:
1. Proof of identification. We will accept:
UK driving licence (paper or photocard)
birth certificate if it shows your current name
2. Proof of your current address. We will accept:
current council tax bill
current TV licence
recent (last three months) residential utility bill
recent bank / building society / credit card statement
recent benefits agency letter, including pension entitlement or occupational pension letter.
3. Proof of disability. We will accept:
a current Disability Living Allowance entitlement letter or PIP entitlement letter
a certificate of visual impairment
a medical letter confirming your disability, treatment and diagnosis.
4. A current passport-quality head and shoulder picture of the person who requires the pass.
We will assess your application and, if you qualify for a pass, your Freedom Pass will be posted directly to you.
If you have lost or damaged your freedom pass, you will need to pay £12 for a replacement. To get a replacement, contact the Freedom Pass helpline on 0300 330 1433 (local call rate, open Monday–Sunday 8am to 8pm) or visit the Freedom Pass website.
If you do not qualify for a disabled persons freedom pass but you:
live in London
you are aged 18 to 60
receive income support, employment and support allowance or jobseeker's allowance
and you are not getting any other free or discounted travel
you may be entitled to a bus and tram discount card from TfL.
If you can't find the information you need, you can contact us online.