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Transport and mobillity

In this section you will find information and services and support to help you get around if you have limited mobility and are looking for easier and safer ways to travel.


Information and advice 

Blue car badges

The Blue Badge scheme helps people with disabilities access essential community facilities.

Please be aware that the eligibility criteria for the award of a Blue Badge is changing and will soon include some new criteria that will broaden the number of people who wil be able to benefit from the Blue Badge Scheme.

Although a national decision has been taken to do this, individual issuing authorities have not yet been given a date from when the new criteria will be introduced.

It is understood that work is underway that will facilitate the introduction of these chnages and Sunderland is ready to begin using the new criteria as soon as it is nationally possible to do so.  In the interim, please be aware that as these chnages have not yet come into effect, all assessments will be assess in accordance with curent national criteria.

Details about how to find out if you are eligible and how to apply can be found on the Council’s Blue Car Badge web page. 

You can also view the Council’s Blue Car Badge policy.


We've got some great places to visit in Sunderland, but if you have difficulty getting out and about these simple tasks and pleasures can feel impossible. That's why we've arranged for DisabledGo to assess more than 100 locations in the city for their accessibility.

Details of the Sunderland accessibility guide can be found on the DisabledGo website.

Go North East Sunderland SmartZone

Go North East

Sunderland SmartZone is a money saving ticket for travelling by bus in Sunderland. Tickets are valid on all Go North East, Arriva and Stagecoach bus services which means you can jump on the first bus that comes.

Details about where the tickets are valid and how to apply can be found on the Go North East website.

Nexus National Concessionary Travel - Disabled Adult

Nexus logo

If you are disabled (see below for details of which disabilities apply), live in Tyne and Wear and have a Concessionary Travel Pass, you can travel on buses for free.

Details about how to find out if you are eligible and how to apply can be found on the Nexus website.

Public Toilets and RADAR Keys

The National Key Scheme also known as RADAR aims to provide disabled key holders with independent access to the toiletsand increase the likelihood of the facilities being in a useable state.

There are a number of RADAR accessible toilets in Sunderland and details of where these are can be found by clicking here.

If you need to purchase a RADAR Key, they can be bought from the Council's Customer Service Centres, details of these centres and opening times can be found on the Council's Customer Service web page.  They can also be bought online from the Disability Network.

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