‘Sunflower’ Christmas tree highlights help for passengers with non-visible disabilities: Euston station's 'sunflower' Christmas tree

Tuesday 8 Dec 2020

‘Sunflower’ Christmas tree highlights help for passengers with non-visible disabilities

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North West & Central
| North West & Central: West Coast Mainline South

A sunflower decorated Christmas tree has been made by staff at Euston station to promote its support for passengers with non-visible disabilities.

Last year Network Rail launched its sunflower lanyards and ticket holders as part of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme.

The Christmas tree makeover is to promote that the items are freely available and that staff are always on hand to help those with them to have a smooth journey.

The lanyards and ticket holders can be worn or displayed to discreetly show that the wearer needs additional support, help or a little more time.

Nicole Elgram, Network Rail passenger assistance manager at Euston, said: “Many of our passengers who have non-visible disabilities choose to wear a sunflower lanyard to indicate to others that they may need a little more help and during the pandemic that they are unable to wear a mask. The sunflower tree is being displayed in our mobility assistance reception centre proudly decorated to raise awareness of the scheme.”

This year the Coronavirus pandemic has brought new challenges to the rail industry which have impacted both staff and passengers.

Wearing masks and social distancing have made travelling for those with non-visible disabilities especially challenging.

Network Rail has put in a range of measures so passengers needing assistance can be guided safely through the station in a Covid secure way.

Staff have access to visors, transparent face masks for hard of hearing, gloves and arm sleeves for visually impaired passengers.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the mobility assistance reception at Euston helped more than 80,000 passengers each year make their journeys through the station.

Sunflower lanyards and exemption cards are available in Network Rail managed stations.

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