TRANSPORT: Consider older passengers

Public transport is a crucial lifeline for the UK’s ageing population, with more than three million older people relying on public transport for basic needs.

Saturday, 2nd March 2019, 10:30 am

It is therefore deeply concerning that 36 per cent of older people, many not so confident on their feet now, are often unable to find a seat on public transport – and they are not offered one.

Surveys show that one in five older people are so worried about a lack of seating, they’re likely to avoid public transport altogether.

That is why campaigns like Standing Up 4 Sitting Down, which aims to make seating more accessible on the high street and public transport, need to exist.

In the midst of a loneliness epidemic, we must do better for our older generations.

We’re calling on the public to send a letter to their local transport providers asking them to join the campaign, and to encourage passengers to consider the needs of others.

Jane Ashcroft CBE,

Chief Executive, Anchor Hanover