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Support whilst you're travelling

Get a free card to ask for support from our employees while you’re travelling with Great Northern trains.

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

Aira - visual interpreting app

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We are currently running a trial of the Aira app at twelve key stations. Aira is designed to provide visually impaired people with on demand access to visual information and increase their confidence to travel on our network independently. Those stations that are being used for the trial are;

  • Bedford
  • Brent Cross West
  • Brighton
  • Eastbourne
  • East Croydon
  • Chichester
  • Finsbury Park
  • Haywards Heath
  • London Blackfriars
  • Luton Airport Parkway
  • Stevenage
  • Sutton

How does Aira work?

The customer contacts an Aira trained agent through the app on their own phone, the agent will then utilise the camera on the phone to provide visual interpretation about the station environment. Assistance provided by the agent can range from reading information boards, providing navigational assistance within the station, or navigational support to find a member of staff.

During this trial, Aira users will get to use the Aira service free of charge at these stations without the usual five-minute time limit. The call to Aira is free, although you may still be charged for data if you don’t have a data plan in place.

Aira can be easily downloaded directly from either Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iOS). Further details are available here; Aira – Visual Information On Demand.

To help us understand how useful Aira is for our visually impaired customers, please take a few moments to feedback your experience of using it at our stations here; Customer Feedback Survey

Easy Ticket Guide

Our Easy ticket guide is designed to provide straightforward tips to explain how you can easily purchase and use tickets on the rail network.

Download the Easy Ticket Guide

Download the Easy Ticket Guide (easy read version)

Easy Train Travel Guide

Our Easy train travel guide explains what information and help is available before and during your journey.

Download the Easy Train Travel Guide

Download the Easy Train Travel Guide (easy read version)

Easy Read Feedback Guide

Our Easy Read feedback guide explains how to contact us.

Download the Easy Read Feedback Guide

Travel Support Card

The Travel Support Card is a free card for anyone who finds it hard to ask for help when travelling on our trains.

You can add the following info on the card:

  • the journey details
  • who to contact in an emergency
  • anything else you need help with

Simply show the card to us at the station or on the train and we can then give you the support you need.

For instance, we could help you get the right ticket, find the right train or platform, or assist 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 card may be useful for people with:

  • memory loss
  • impaired hearing
  • learning difficulties
  • limited or no English
  • or find communicating difficult

You can download a card below, or contact us if you’d like us to send you one in the post.

Download a Travel Support Card

assistance dogs

Assistance 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
  • or find communicating difficult

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 or help please contact customer services