TfL has announced that a blue badge for those less able to stand on public transport will be introduced on a permanent basis in spring next year.
The ‘Please Offer Me a Seat’ badge, and accompanying card, were trialled earlier this year to help those who need a seat, but have difficulty getting one.
The six-week trial was in response to passenger feedback and TfL research, which found that those with hidden disabilities and conditions, or those undergoing treatments, can often find it difficult to get a seat when they need one.
More than 1,200 people tested the new badges, which are similar to the Baby on Board badges.
During the trial, 72% of journeys were said to be easier as a result of the badge, in 86% of journeys participants reported feeling more confident when asking for a seat and 98% said they would recommend the badge and card to somebody who requires or would benefit from it.
Mike Brown MVO, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: ‘This trial has made a real difference to people with invisible impairments, conditions and injuries who find it difficult to get a seat when they need one.
‘It is part of our commitment to constantly improve the network for all our customers and we will launch the badge and card permanently next spring, once a thorough review of the findings of the trial is complete.’
Visit www.tfl.gov.uk/accessibility for information on TfL’s Travel Support card or any other accessibility initiatives.