Great news for those who rely on the London transport network to get to and from the theatre, but perhaps struggle with standing – Transport for London (TfL) have launched their ‘Please offer me a seat’ badge and card for people who find it difficult to stand when using public transport.
The badge and accompanying card were created following requests from customers who struggle to get a seat, as their need is not immediately obvious. The badge and card remove the awkwardness of customers having to explain their need for a seat to others.
Last autumn, TfL held a six week trial with 1,200 people to test the new badge and card. More than 72 per cent of journeys were found to be easier as a result of the badge, and 98 per cent of people taking part said they would recommend it to somebody who needed it. As a result, TfL is now introducing the ‘Please offer me a seat’ initiative permanently.
The free badge and card are now available through the TfL website, or by calling 0343 222 1234. There are no qualifying criteria – applicants do not need to provide a GP’s note or their medical history. The badge and card can be used across on London Underground, London Overground, Buses, Docklands Light Railway, TfL Rail, Trams and River Services.