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Support whilst you're travelling

Get our free Travel Support Card to make it easier to ask for travel help from our Thameslink staff.

Our staff are here to support you on your journey, including

  • Providing boarding ramps if you are a wheelchair user
  • A guiding arm in case you are a blind or visually impaired person
  • We provide induction loops at our ticket offices
  • Support tools if you have learning needs or an invisible disability, like our Travel support Card and Communication Guide

Easy Travel Guide

Our easy to understand travel guide is designed to provide straightforward tips to enable everyone to travel safely on our network.

Download the Easy Travel Guide

Travel Support Card

Do you need assisted travel to get from A to B, but find it hard to ask for help? Then a Travel Support Card might be right for you. It's free for anyone who finds it difficult to ask for help when travelling on our trains.

You can enter the following information on the card:

  • Your journey details
  • Who to contact in an emergency
  • Anything else you need help with

Simply show Your Travel Support Card to us at the station or on the train, and we’ll give you the support you need. 

For instance, we could help you get the right ticket, find the right train or platform, or help you to your seat. 

And if there’s an emergency we’ll know exactly who we have to contact.

Who may find the card useful?

The Travel Support Card may be useful for people with:

  • Memory loss
  • Impaired hearing
  • Learning difficulties
  • Limited or no English
  • Problems communicating

You can download a Travel Support Card below. Or, you can contact Customer Services and we’ll send you one by post.

Download a Travel Support Card

assistance dogsAssistance Dogs

We support the Assisted Dogs Travel scheme, supported by Assistance Dogs UK. The scheme helps assistance dogs and their owners to travel comfortably and safely on our trains by giving a ‘protected space’ for the dog.

Further details regarding this scheme including how to apply for a reusable ‘Assistance dog under seat’ card are available here.

Sunflower Lanyard scheme

We also recognise the Sunflower Lanyard scheme, which is widely used to highlight your request for support, including exemption from using a face covering. Network Rail has lanyards available at stations like Victoria, London Bridge, Charing Cross, Cannon St, Waterloo, Clapham Junction and Guildford.

Communication guide

If it could help you, our station staff can use a pictorial communication guide. The guide has pictures of several different key aspects of travel that passengers might ask about. It can be very useful for passengers who have:

  • impaired hearing
  • limited or no English
  • problems communicating 

The guide is used at our ticket offices and many ticket barriers too. It can also be downloaded from our website if you want to take one with you or if you think it would be useful to a passenger you know.

Download our Communication Guide

We have worked with many organisations offering travel training and have created these aids to help with individual journeys. If you would like more information about assisted travel please contact customer services