Consider the needs of others

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

Tuesday, 12th February 2019, 08:00 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 10:16 am

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

One in five older people are so worried about a lack of seating that they are 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 on public transport, need to exist.

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

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We are calling on the public to send a letter to their local transport providers, asking them to join the Standing Up 4 Sitting Down campaign, and encourage passengers to consider the needs of others.

Jane Ashcroft CBE

Chief Executive

Anchor Hanover