Traffic & Travel: Northern to trial British Sign Language announcements on trains
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Census data in 2021 showed that in addition to spoken languages, BSL was the main language of 22,000 people.
Marc Silverwood, onboard systems manager at Northern, said: “We know that rail travel can be daunting for anyone with specific needs, and I really hope this makes a difference to give people confidence to travel by rail.”
Northern is looking for partners – charities, organisations or experts who could help provide sign language interpreters for the project.
Marc added: “We’re looking out for people who could help with this scheme to interpret our announcements and who could share their expertise with us – so we can create the best possible service for our BSL passengers.”