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29 Mar 2018

Need a seat? Southeastern calls on passengers who need one to apply for Priority Seating Cards and Badges

Need a seat? Southeastern calls on passengers who need one to apply for Priority Seating Cards and Badges: Priority Seating 7

Do you need a seat on the train, but don’t want to ask someone else to give up their seat? Southeastern has already issued hundreds of Priority Seating Cards – but wants as many as possible of its passengers who have a need for a card to apply for one.

If you cannot stand safely for your journey, you are elderly, pregnant, travelling with children under three, or have a disability, a Priority Seating Card will be issued free of charge. The card can be shown to another passenger sitting in a Priority Seat, without causing a fuss or having to explain yourself.

Priority Seats are usually near the doors and are marked with a sign showing a ‘P’ inside a blue triangle – and you can find these seats on Southeastern, Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Thameslink trains.

We will also send you a ‘Baby on Board’ badge if you’re pregnant, and we’re rolling out clearer Priority Seat signage on the trains that don’t already have it, to make it more visible.

Justin Ryan, Accessibility and Inclusion Manager for Southeastern, said:

“We would hope that people use their judgement when they spot another passenger who may be in greater need to seat, but we know that it’s not always obvious when that need is there. Our Priority Seats, badges and cards are easy to apply for and give reassurance to our passengers who need them, and provide helpful information to other passengers of someone else’s need”.

 

 

Contact information

Southeastern Press Office

0330 095 9091

press.office@southeasternrailway.co.uk

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

For more information on Priority Seating, and to apply for one, see the Southeastern website.

By the end of 2019, all of Southeastern’s trains will meet the latest Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations, with many of the Metro fleet featuring refreshed interiors that meet the most up-to-date standards, new, more spacious wheelchair-accessible toilets as well as more generous wheelchair spaces and flip-up priority seating.

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