Passenger Assist is a national system used by all train operating companies, which allows us to make the necessary arrangements for your journey.
If you have a disability, non-visible disability, or are elderly you can pre-book assistance with just one call to our dedicated team. We can make sure you get all the help you need for your journey and will arrange everything, including changes, and connections that involve other train companies. You just need to let us know 24 hours before your trip.
Purchasing travel tickets, (including, where available cheaper advance fares), can be done at the same time you call to book assistance, all within a single transaction.
As per the government guidance, you should only travel if your journey is absolutely necessary and you have no other option.
If you need assistance for an essential journey, bookings can be made by using our online form below. We promise to get back to you within 24 hours.
Our Passenger Assist team is also available via 0800 197 1329 (09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday).
If your enquiry is urgent and you need to speak to someone at any other time, you can do so via the Rail Delivery Group, via 0800 022 3720 (24 hours a day).
The document Making Rail Accessible: Helping older and disabled passengers is also available from our staffed stations as a leaflet. You can obtain either documents in alternative formats, such as large print, audio and Welsh on request from our Passenger Assist team on:
in line with the government advice to only travel to work if essential, we’re closing our Contact Centre. If you need to get in touch, send us an email
Arrive at the station you’re travelling from 30 minutes before your train leaves and contact a member of station staff.
Some trains between Paignton and Exmouth, as well as occasionally, trains between Barnstaple and Exeter, may be formed of one accessible train attached to a non-accessible train. Our onboard staff and station staff will ensure you are helped into the right section of the train.
If you’ve pre-booked Passenger Assist with us, you can get help or assistance on your journey by:
Due to the Coronavirus we have had to temporarily close our Passenger Assist line. If you need assistance for an essential journey you need to take in the near future, bookings can still be made using our dedicated form below.
If your journey is urgent, please call 0800 197 1329 for any immediate booking needs.
Wheelchair sizes carried
Length: 1200mm (including footplates)
Weight: 300kg (including passenger)
Devon Access Wallet
Train travel becomes easier for people with communication difficulties, disabilities or limited English with the Devon Access Wallet. Visit the Devon Access Wallet website for more information.
The Sunflower Lanyard has been designed to act as a discreet sign that the wearer, or someone in their party, has a hidden disability and may need additional help during their journey. Our team on board and at our stations will recognise and understand the symbol. If you need specific assistance, just ask and they’ll do their best to help. If you have a disability which means that you find verbal communication difficult, our lanyards have an additional card attached, which you can use to write down any help you require. If you are exempt from wearing a face covering whilst travelling, you can request a card that outlines this.
You are able to obtain a lanyard and card for free by contacting the GWR Passenger Assist team on 0800 197 1329, by email passenger.assist@GWR.com or by contacting GWR on social media. Please specify if you wish to have a blank card or one with the message “face covering exempt” on it.
Once travel restrictions allow, the lanyards/cards will also be available from station ticket offices.
All individual train operating companies have their own recompense policies, which can be found within their own Accessible Travel Policies. If you travel with GWR and your booked assistance fails, you will be compensated. If GWR fails to provide your booked assistance this will be 100% of the cost of a single ticket, or 50% if a return ticket is held. If another train company was responsible for the failure, you can contact them directly, or we can liaise with them on your behalf and provide you with a full explanation in response, including why it happened and what mitigating actions we intend to take as a result.
The compensation scheme set out above does not limit or exclude your other legal rights to compensation under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, or Equalities Act 2010. If you believe this applies to your journey, please contact our Customer Support team who we will take each case on its merits and respond appropriately.
Where assistance has not been provided due to a delay, and both Delay Repay and Assisted Travel redress could apply, you will be entitled to whichever value is the highest but will not be able to claim both.