There are lots of ways to get around depending on where you going and how you want to get there.
Buses & trains
Buses and trains are the main forms of public transport between places. Wrexham has lots of buses running to lots of different areas, while Arriva Trains Wales run most of the trains. Both offer reduced travel for young people and there’s mytravelpass, which offers discounted travel on public transport for 16 – 18 year olds across Wales. You can also buy the 16-25 railcard, which knocks 1/3 off fares.
Check if you’re eligible for free school transport if you’re 16+ with Wrexham Council.
Safety is important when using transport especially if you are travelling alone, so always make sure you know transport times and that someone knows where you are going.
Keep your personal belongings on you or in a safe place whilst you travel and if something goes missing report it straight away.
Walking is the cheapest mode of transport and is good for your health, as is cycling. In Wrexham you have Pedal Power for bike hire, training and advice, while Sustrans Cymru has tips and bike routes.
Ever wondered if you’re allowed to cycle on the pavement? Rule 64 of the Highway Code says – You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement. That’s their all caps and bolding.
Learning to drive
You can learn to drive a car at 17 (16 if you want to ride a moped or light quad bike).
You can apply for a provisional licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old.
Gov.uk’s Learning to Drive pages has all the info you need about tests, fees, age restrictions etc.
BBC Advice also has lots of info and tips.
Taxis are a great, quick mode of transport if you haven’t got a car. Her are some tips on how to stay safe when getting a taxi
Make sure you order from a taxi firm or at a black cab station.
Taxi licensees have to show that their vehicle is safe to use so don’t get in a taxi that does not look safe.
Some taxis have meters and some don’t, if they don’t have a meter make sure you get a price for the journey so you don’t get an expensive surprise at your destination.
All taxis have to have a licence on display- all taxi drivers should have on show a badge that displays his or her licence number, this is issued by the local council as a symbol of safety.
Sadly we don’t have any trams here, despite this excellent song from Wales very own Super Furry Animals…
- The Mix: Drink Driving
- The Mix: Learning To Drive
- The Mix: Travelling By Bike
- Gov.UK: The Highway Code
- BBC Advice: Learning To Drive
- RNIB: Travel Help And Support
- The Mix: Buying A Second-hand Car
- The Mix: Public Transport With A Disability
- Citizens Advice – Advice For Disabled Travellers
- The Student Room: Advice For Learning To Drive
- Turn2Us: Travel Costs – People With Disabilities And Carers – Bus Concessions
If you would like more information on this topic or you have questions please call into the INFO Shop or contact us on 01978 295600 / Instant message. If you leave us a message we will get back to you as soon as we can.