Following the success of the ‘Please offer me a seat’ trial, Transport for London has announced the badge and card will be introduced on a permanent basis early next year.
The ‘Please offer me a seat’ badge and card were trialled to help customers who need a seat, but have difficulty getting one. The trial was a response to feedback from customers and research conducted last year, which found people with invisible impairments, conditions and injuries can often find it difficult to get a seat when they need one – particularly if their need is not obvious.
The trial was met with extremely positive reviews:
· Participants reported 72 per cent of journeys as being easier as a result of the badge;
· On 86 per cent of journeys participants reported feeling more confident when asking for a seat on public transport; and
· An overwhelming 98 per cent of participants said they would recommend the badge and card to somebody they think needs or would benefit from one.
TfL is planning to launch the badge and card to all customers who need one early next year. Many customers may of course not want to use the badge and card, and TfL has committed make sure people are supported too.
If you sign up to receive accessible travel updates by visiting www.tfl.gov.uk/emailupdates, TfL will let you know when our new badge and card is live.