I tried to get my mum a Senior Railcard when the glitch was working, giving £10 off the £30 annual Railcard's but I was just too late.
But I did some searching and found that there is a Disabled Railcard, and it is very rarely advertised whereas all the other railcards are (friends and family, senior, student etc). I was amazed that the criteria to apply for one is quite wide. My mum has hearing aids and that was enough. I just had to scan the front of her hearing aid battery replacement book to complete her application.
Now here are the very best bits:
1, This card only costs £20 where the others cost £30 per year
2, The card gives 1/3rd off train tickets for the holder, BUT if the railcard holder travels with someone then that person also gets 1/3rd off too
3, Unlike all the other schemes, this card allows you to travel during peak times, not restricted to off peak only.
I hope this helps others, and I just wish I had known about it sooner.
£54 for three years.
the criteria aren't as wide as perhaps implied:
* In receipt of Disability Living Allowance Mobility component
* In receipt of Disability Living Allowance Care component - medium or highest only
* In receipt of Personal Independence Payments
* In receipt of Attendance Allowance
* In receipt of Severe Disablement Allowance
* In receipt of War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
* In receipt of War or Service Disablement Pension for 80% or more disabiltiy
* Have a Motability vehicle
* Have epilepsy, and are prohibited by the DVLA from driving, or have an exemption certificate for epilepsy medication
* Are registered deaf
* Have an NHS or private hearing aid prescription (note a private hearing aid costs around £1500+, so the idiots implying there is a scam/sponging here should get lost)
or a registered visual impairment/blindness
ADDITIONALLY: You can link the disabled railcard card to an Oyster card to receive a 1/3rd off of tube when using the Oyster card.
- to clarify the above comment re Oyster: the railcard doesn't directly give a discount off bus fares, but it does discount the daily caps which bus as well as train and DLR count towards. Emirates doesn't count towards the caps and isn't discounted by the railcard.
One adult travelling with the disabled railcard holder can buy a paper Travelcard, Zones 1-6 or greater, at a 1/3 discount.