Mums To Be

We want to make life a little easier towards the end of your pregnancy.

Greater Anglia offers a free First Class upgrade* for Standard Class ticket holders in your last eight weeks of pregnancy before maternity leave.

How you obtain the upgrade

If you are pregnant and in your last eight weeks of pregnancy before maternity leave, you may apply for an authority to travel which will allow you to sit in a First Class seat if there are no seats available in Standard Class.

To obtain this authority you must be in possession of a Season Ticket Photocard. If you do not hold a Season Ticket or have a Photocard, please take a recent passport size/style photograph to any of our ticket offices. A Photocard will be created for you free of charge.

Apply in writing to:


Please include the following information:

  • Your Photocard number
  • Your journey details (origin and destination)
  • A letter from your employer confirming your last date of travel before maternity leave. If you do not work, a letter from your GP will be required

We will send you an authority to travel in First Class accommodation valid until the last day of travel before your maternity leave is due to start. You must show this authority, your train ticket and your Photocard during any ticket check on the train**.

We offer this help for the last eight weeks of travel before maternity leave. We do not offer any alternatives, or extend the validity of the upgrade beyond eight weeks.

*This offer is only available on services where First Class accommodation is available. On services where there is no First Class accommodation we will endeavour to help you find a seat in Standard Class where there is a conductor on the service. Please note, this offer is for the First Class seat only, and does not include First Class refreshments.

** You must have prior authority before travelling otherwise you may be charged accordingly.

Order a Baby on Board badge

Travelling on the train can be tricky for mums-to-be, but having a Baby on Board badge makes it easier by letting other passengers know that you have a very good reason to need a seat.

Simply send your request for a badge to [email protected] and include your name and full delivery address.