Disabled Persons Freedom Pass Scheme

The Freedom Pass for disabled people gives free travel on most of London’s transport services 24 hours a day for eligible residents.

Where and when to use

A Disabled Person’s Freedom Pass entitles the holder to the following travel concessions:

  • Free travel on London’s underground, buses, docklands light railway and trams at all times.
  • Free travel on National Rail from 9.30am Monday to Friday and all day weekends and public holidays.
  • Free travel on the following London Overground networks 24 hours a day:
    • Stratford to Richmond
    • Willesden Junction to Clapham Junction
    • Euston to Watford Junction, and
    • Gospel Oak to Barking
  • Most disabled pass holders (other than those issued with a discretionary pass) will be entitled to free travel on local bus services in England outside London between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday, and all day at weekends and on public holidays.

Who is eligible?

You can apply for the Disabled Persons Freedom Pass if your sole or principal residence is in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and you have any of the statutory disabilities listed in the Transport Act 2000:

  1. People who are blind or partially sighted.
  2. People who are profoundly or seriously deaf.
  3. People who are without speech.
  4. People with a disability or injury which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to walk.
  5. People without arms or long term loss of use of both arms.
  6. People with a learning disability defined as 'a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning'.
  7. People who, if they applied for the grant of a licence to drive a motor vehicle, would have their application refused on the basis of physical fitness, but not on the ground of persistent misuse of drugs or alcohol.

In addition Richmond Council has agreed to the issue of passes to some applicants with a mental health need.

How to apply

Disabled Persons’ Freedom Pass applications should be sent to the Accessible Transport Unit who assess people for eligibility onto the scheme.

We will assess your application and, if you qualify for a pass, your Freedom Pass will be posted directly to you.

Application pack

Download our Disabled Persons Freedom Passes application pack. (You can also read our Personal Information Policy).

If you have any questions about the form, need help completing or if you would like a hard copy sent to you please call 020 8831 6312 or email AccessibleTransport@richmond.gov.uk.

Please return the completed application form with all the relevant documents to:

The Accessible Transport Unit
4 Waldegrave Road
TW11 8HT

Make sure you use the correct postage when sending in your application so it is not delayed. If you are unsure how much postage you require, have your envelope weighed at a Post Office.

Replacement passes

Replacing lost, stolen, faulty or damaged passes

Contact the Freedom Pass Helpline on 0300 330 1433, Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm. or email info@freedompass.org.

A replacement pass will be sent out to you within 5 working days subject to a £10 replacement fee and document approval (where necessary).

If you find a pass you have previously lost, it will no longer work. Please send it to the following address:

FREEDOM PASS RETURNS (No stamp required).

You are not allowed to hold more than one concessionary pass at any one time. Only use the most recently obtained pass and return any others.


If you are turned down for the scheme, you have a right to appeal. The appeals procedure(pdf, 68KB) outlines the two stages of appeal.

In a stage one appeal you are invited to provide further medical evidence and an appeal statement to explain why you believe yourself to be eligible for the scheme. If unsuccessful at stage one appeal, you have the option of a stage two appeal, which is when your case is heard by the Appeals Sub-Committee; a panel of Councillors who review your case and make a final decision.

The Appeals Sub-Committee procedure(pdf, 52KB) outlines what you can expect from a stage two appeal hearing. The guidelines for the determination of a stage two appeal(pdf, 134KB) explains how the final decision is made at a stage two appeal.

More information

For information about the Disabled Persons Freedom Pass Scheme, contact us by telephone on 020 8831 6312.

The Freedom Pass is paid for by your local council and the scheme is managed by London Councils on behalf of the London boroughs.

Updated: 13 July 2015