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TfL has launched a new 'please offer me a seat' badge

Nobody really wants to stand up on the tube and rub sweaty shoulders with fellow commuters, but some folks actually need to sit down. And no, being hungover doesn't count.

The 'baby on board' badges have been making things easier for pregnant women on the tube since 2005, but now TfL is trialling a new 'please offer me a seat badge' to help those who are less able to stand because of disabilities, injuries, illnesses and hidden conditions.

TfL will be trialling the scheme from September 12, distributing 1,000 badges to those in need, including James McNaught, who came up with the 'cancer on board' badges earlier this year. If the trial is successful, the 'please offer me a seat' badge will be made available more widely later this year.

In other tube news, there's a new tube map to show us how many steps there are between each station



Cat S

Hmm. What I find odd is the James McNaught profile as an example to highlight a wider need for priority seats. I mean - what doctor in his right mind allows a patient who has just undergone intense radiotherapy coupled with a strong dose of morphine to leave the hospital unaccompanied and navigate London's underground? Surely it would have been advised to be accompanied home in a car or taxi as a precaution if nothing else. Agree there are people who need seats outside the pregnant or elderly, but I think TfL could have sourced a better case stud to illustrate their point! Or at least used that example to advertise the dangers of travelling alone following a major procedure!