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Travel Support CardSome of our passengers need more help than others, particularly those with hidden conditions, but we know that this can be difficult to ask for.
With this in mind, we’ve worked together to find a solution that makes getting some extra help, that little bit easier. Our Travel Support Cards can be requested at a station or through our customer services team and are for anyone with a hidden condition, a disability, or anyone who simply needs additional help while at our stations or on our trains.
There is space on the card to tell us a little about what you need. While there’s no pressure to complete all of the detail, there may be a time when this information would be useful to us to help you or the person you’re writing it for.
Communication Assistance guide
To supplement our Travel Support Card we have produced a Communication Assistance guide.
This has been produced to assist those passengers who may need assistance when at a station or on a train. Passengers may use it if they encounter difficulty in verbal communication or in hearing replies, or indeed if English isn’t their first language.
The guide has been produced in two main colours to help people with different colour contrast requirements. It lists out a number of primary requests made at stations or on trains, illustrating each with an easy to understand symbol so people can show the symbol for their need, either to staff or other passengers.
If so, you should apply for our Priority eating card and Priority Seat badge. You may need a priority seat if you’re disabled, over 65, pregnant or your child is under three years old. If you’re pregnant we’ll also send you a ‘Baby on Board’ badge.
Priority seats are usually near the doors and are marked with a sign showing a ‘P’ inside a blue triangle. You can find these seats on Southeastern, Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Thameslink trains.
If all of our priority seating is being used by those with a specific need then please show your card to other passengers in the carriage and ask if they can let you sit down. Let our on train staff know if you’re struggling to get a seat and they’ll do all they can to help you.
Please note, the Priority Seating card can’t be used in first class or if you’re travelling with a child under three and they’re in a buggy.
Apply for a Priority Seating Card
How to apply -
All documentation submitted should be a copy of the original.
In addition to the below you are also required to send in proof of address with your name and address on it. This might be a copy of utility bill, copy of your driving licence, copy of council tax bill etc.
Have you a disability or medical condition that affects your ability to stand comfortably or safely on a train journey?
- A copy of a Doctor’s note confirming disability or medical condition
- A copy of the Award letter for Attendance Allowance
- A copy of the Award Letter for the Disability Living Allowance
- A written confirmation from Jobcentre Plus
- A letter from Department of Works and Pensions (DWP)
- A certificate of Taxable Incapacity Benefit and Income Tax
- A colour photograph or photocopy of the Disabled Persons Rail card you hold
- A copy of your Award letter for Personal Independence Payment
Are you registered as having a visual impairment?
- A Social Services official stamp on application form
- A copy of your Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI)
- A copy of your BD8 certificate for being registered blind or partially-sighted
Are you pregnant?
- A copy of your doctor’s written confirmation of pregnancy. Southeastern also operate a ‘Baby on Board Badge’ scheme. A badge will be sent along with the card.
Are you over 65?
- A copy of your birth certificate
- A copy of your driving licence
- A copy of your Passport
Do you have a child travelling with you under the age of 3?
- A copy of the child’s birth certificate
Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyards and Just a Minute (JAM) Cards
- The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard can be worn when a person who has a non-visible disability (such as dementia, anxiety, chronic fatigue or autism) feels that they need our staff to be aware they may need extra help because their condition might not be obvious.
- The ‘Just A Minute’ or ‘JAM’ card can be used by passengers with a learning difficulty, autism or by those who simply find difficulty in communicating. It enables a user to inform a member of staff in a discreet manner they might need a bit more time and support.
There is no qualifying list of conditions to get a Sunflower Lanyard or a JAM card.
Southeastern is just about to launch a new training course on disabilities, which will cover non-visible disabilities in depth and will be ensuring all of its staff, not just frontline, will have gone through it by the end of this year.
You can pick up a Sunflower Lanyard or a JAM card by asking at any Southeastern station ticket office, or contacting Customer Services.