Published on: Wednesday, 3 January 2024
Last updated: Wednesday, 3 January 2024
Train operator Greater Anglia is offering free braille stickers for visually impaired customers’ smartcards ahead of World Braille Day on 4 January.
The clear braille stickers can be applied to Greater Anglia smartcards, and allow customers, including those who have sight difficulties, to differentiate between cards in their wallets.
The stickers, which have ‘GA’ in embossed braille, will be available from all Greater Anglia ticket offices, where staff can both offer the sticker and append it to the card on behalf of the customers.
Rebecca Richardson, Accessibility and Inclusion Manager, Greater Anglia, said:
“It is important that we tackle all barriers which make rail travel difficult for disabled people. These stickers will enable braille readers to differentiate their Greater Anglia smartcard from other cards but also serve as a useful tactile identifier for people with sight loss who do not read braille.
“We have a large number of smartcards already in circulation and this is a sensible, green initiative to continue to use those rather than reissue a fresh card.
“This initiative was developed with the guidance of one of our Accessibility Panel members with lived experience of sight loss and we thank him for his help, which we hope will make a difference.”
Kamelia Jones, Senior Retail Systems and Digital Manager, Greater Anglia, said:
“We are pleased to continue to iterate and improve our smart ticketing offer for all our customers.
“We hope that this added feature will allow customers to differentiate their various cards with ease and make it that much more convenient when travelling."