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'Please offer me a seat' badges to be rolled out next year

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TFL HAS announced that badges saying 'Please offer me a seat' will be launched permanently across TfL services after 1,200 people took part in a trial earlier this year.

The ‘Please Offer Me a Seat’ badge is intended for passengers with hidden disabilities and conditions, or who are undergoing treatments, which make it difficult to stand for long periods of time.

More than 1,200 people tested the new badges which are similar to the popular Baby on Board badges earlier this year.

During the trial, 72 per cent of journeys were said to be easier as a result of the badge and in 86 per cent of journeys, participants reported feeling more confident when asking for a seat.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “I’m proud that Londoners embraced this innovative trial and that Londoners wearing the badges found travelling around our Capital easier as a result.

“It’s great news that next year we will be able to offer them to all those with hidden disabilities and conditions, and I’m really looking forward to the blue badges becoming as recognisable on public transport as our hugely successful Baby on Board ones.”

The scheme, which will launch next Spring, will be the first of its kind in Europe.

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