Brighton & Hove Buses Backs Disability Pride

Brighton & Hove Buses will celebrate the city’s second Disability Pride later this month by offering free travel to companions of disabled concessionary card holders.

It’s simple to claim this free plus-one travel. Companions simply need to board the bus with the disabled concessionary card holder and tell the driver they’re travelling together.

Community Transport Brighton & Hove and Brighton & Hove Buses will also run shuttle buses every 15 to 20 minutes from Brighton Station and Churchill Square to Disability Pride at the Peace Statue, Hove Lawns, and back again after the event.    

Brighton & Hove Buses’ Managing Director Martin Harris welcomed working in partnership with Community Transport and Disability Pride to support the event.

“We’re all about making travel by bus accessible for everyone,” Martin said. “Brighton & Hove Buses is known for our ground-breaking accessibility initiatives, such as the award-winning Helping Hand assistive card, the taxi guarantee scheme and having lighter, dementia-friendly, floors on all our new buses.”

“We’re proud, once again, to support Disability Pride and also to begin a new partnership with Community Transport, who make a real difference to the lives of people in Brighton and Hove.”

As well, our number 6 bus, which is more frequent, leaves from Brighton Station (Stop A) and stops at Norfolk Square, a five-minute downhill walk to the venue.

Community Transport Operations Manager Lesley Shrieves said it was crucial that people with restricted mobility could access the right transport. 

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“It is great to be working with Brighton and Hove Buses and we hope by providing more accessible transport it will mean more people can access Disability Pride,” she said.

Brighton held England’s first ever Disability Pride last year and other UK cities, like Norwich and York, have since followed in its footsteps.

Last year’s event was attended by 2,000 people.

Disability Pride Chair Jenny Skelton said: “It was just such a fantastic, uplifting day. It surpassed my expectations. People said they’d never seen so many disabled people in one place before. This year it’s going to be even bigger and better.”

She said it was an important milestone in the battle for the acknowledgement and acceptance of people with disabilities, whether their disabilities were visible or invisible.

“We want the whole city to get involved this year. It’s for everyone, not just for disabled people. We want people to see disabled people as people. That sums it up,” Jenny said.

“The help Brighton & Hove Buses has given has been absolutely brilliant. They have got behind us completely and we couldn’t have done it without them.”

Disability Pride kicks off with a short parade leaving at 11.30am from the British Airways i360 along the Lower Promenade to the Peace Statue at Hove Lawns where there will be live music, wheelchair rugby, table tennis, dance, comedy, art, a family picnic area, quiet area, speeches and around 45 information stalls.

Special guests include disabled artist and activist Alison Lapper MBE; Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Robert White; Tricks of the Restaurant Trade presenter Adam Pearson; Disability Pride Chair Jenny Skelton and Brighton and Hove Mayor Dee Simson.

There’ll be accessible facilities, a BSL interpreter and a Mobiloo Changing Places toilet with a hoist (but bring your own sling).

Disability Pride received a National Lottery Grant again this year to help fund the event.

Disability Pride Brighton: Saturday July 14, 11.30am to 7pm at Hove Lawns.