Travel and Driving
Public Transport in the UK includes;
The main railway line in the UK and stops at many small and major train stations. To find out more, call the National Rail Enquiries Service (08457) 484950 (08457) 484950 or visit www.nationalrailenquiries.co.uk
Bus routes cover most of the UK and there are a variety of services between towns and villages – some smaller villages have a very limited service. Free timetables are also available from bus stations, libraries or tourist information centers. Bus stops are located along all routes and to get on the bus you will need to stand at the stop and put out your hand to signal to the driver to stop.
Taxis are generally more expensive than buses or trains, unless several people share the journey. Taxi’s usually wait outside railway stations or in the centre of main towns. You can also book a taxi by telephone and the names of companies are listed in the telephone directory or Yellow Pages.
There are several airports in the UK, these offer domestic and international flights from most major airlines.
Many people use cycles to travel to work or for pleasure. Some roads have special cycle lanes which help cyclists stay safe. You need to understand the Highway Code in order to make sure you are safe on the road. You can find the Highway Code at your local library.
Driving in the UK: New to the UK?
Transport is a chief concern to anyone living in the UK. If you are considering driving in the UK, you should ensure you understand all of the laws and procedures that will maximize your safety and that of others. Here is some important information you should be aware of before you start driving anywhere in the UK and some basics about transport in the UK.
- Before you drive any road vehicle in the UK you must ensure you understand the Highway Code which explains the rules about driving. Copies are available at your local library.
- Traffic in the UK drives on the left hand side of the road.
- You must be at least 17 years old to drive a car or motorcycle in the UK and older for some larger vehicles.
- If you ride a motorbike you must wear a crash helmet unless you are a Sikh and wear a turban.
- Your vehicle must have a valid tax disc which must be displayed and a valid MOT certificate.
- You must have a valid driving licence and UK insurance for the vehicle.
- If a seatbelt is fitted it must be worn. It is your responsibility if you are over 14 and if there is anyone under 14 years old in the vehicle, it is the driver’s responsibility.