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Accessibility on the train

Find out what help you can get on Thameslink trains if you’re disabled or need assistance travelling with us.

Facilities on our trains

We want everyone to be able to travel with us, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure accessible accessibility on our trains is the best it can be.

Most of our trains have:

  • wheelchair spaces
  • priority seats
  • visual and audio announcements
  • warning beepers on doors

Some of our trains also have accessible toilets.

Assistance dogs are welcome on all of our services.

We want to make your journey as comfortable as possible, which is why travel assistance is available across our network. Just let us know if you need help getting onto the train, to your seat or wheelchair space.

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Wheelchair spaces on trains

Wondering if you can bring wheelchairs on trains? The answer is yes! All of our trains have dedicated carriages with wheelchair spaces, which are clearly marked on the outside of the train. Wheelchair spaces are available within standard class accommodation only.

You can also use these spaces if you have a mobility scooter.

Find out more about using wheelchairs and mobility scooters on our trains.

Priority seats

We have priority seats for anyone who finds it hard to stand up on busy trains.

You can get a free priority card if, for instance, you’re disabled, elderly or pregnant. You can show the card to other passengers to ask for a seat.

Find out more about applying for a Priority Seat Card.

Visual and audio announcements

Most of our trains have automated visual and audio announcement systems. These will let you know:

  • the main stops and the destination of the train
  • the name of the next station
  • the name of the station when you arrive

We’ll also tell you if there is a short platform at the next station or a wide gap between the train and the platform.  

Our doors also have beepers to alert you when they’re opening and closing.

On some of our older trains the driver or conductor will make the announcements about the stations over the speakers.

Travel Support Cards

Our free Travel Support Cards are available for anyone who finds it hard to ask for help when travelling on our trains, such as those with impaired hearing or memory loss. 

Simply show your Travel Support Card to us at the station or on the train and we’ll give you the help you need. Learn more about our support card.

Let us know how we can improve

We’d love to hear from you after you’ve travelled to see how it went.

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