Shopmobility officially launched in Bullring

10 November 2016

Birmingham’s new Shopmobility scheme was officially launched on Wednesday 9 November 2016 by Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council.

The service, operated by the charity Accessible Transport Group, provides scooter and wheelchair hire for any visitors with reduced mobility that wish to explore the City Centre with ease.

Since opening on Monday 31 October, the facility has seen a steady increase in usage with visitors travelling from as far as Reading and Stoke-on-Trent to use the service.

Shopmobility also provides a Meet and Greet service for any Ring and Ride passenger arriving at the dedicated stop in Edgbaston Street making it even easier to use the facility.

Opening hours of Shopmobility have also been extended in-line with the centre, operating Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Pictured L-R
David Hardy (longstanding user of the Shopmobility facility), Councillor Ian Ward (Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council), Michaela Moore (General Manager, Bullring), David Bermingham (Chief Executive of ATG) along with Shopmobility staff.

Shopmobility returns to Birmingham

24 October 2016

Getting around Birmingham’s shops and attractions is getting easier from 31st October when the Shopmobility service returns to Bullring just in time for the Christmas period.

The scheme will be operated by Accessible Transport Group (ATG), a charity based in Aston that specialises in accessible transport services across the West Midlands.

Brand new electric scooters, electric wheelchairs and manual wheelchairs will be available from the re-opened facility located in Bullring’s Centre Car Park with prices ranging from just £2-£3 per hire.

David Bermingham, Chief Executive of ATG said “We are delighted to be working with Bullring’s operator Hammerson to re-introduce the vital Shopmobility service for anyone with reduced mobility.”

He added, “We operate over 600 accessible buses across the West Midlands including the renowned and cherished Ring and Ride service which has been providing door-to-door transport for over 30 years.”

“Ring and Ride passengers will have improved access to the facility when the shop re-opens on 31st October, as our new team will be offering a meet and greet service, taking equipment to passengers at the dedicated bus stop in Edgbaston Street.”

“Together with our colleagues at Bullring, we believe we have a Shopmobility service with added appeal enabling people to explore the wide range of shops and restaurants that both Bullring and the city has to offer.”

Michaela Moore, General Manager at Bullring, commented: “Shopmobility is a brilliant scheme that is used by a great number of Birmingham shoppers therefore we’re thrilled that the service is returning to Bullring.”

Deputy Leader for Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, added: "The Shopmobility scheme makes a huge difference to many of our visitors and shoppers. I would like to thank our partners who have worked to bring the scheme back to Bullring in time for Christmas."

Customers will be able to book wheelchairs and scooters in advance by phone, online or simply turn up the day - subject to availability.

Opening hours of Shopmobility have also been extended in-line with the centre, operating Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.