SOUTH Western Railway has taken part in a scheme to support people living with invisible disabilities.

The Sunflower Lanyward Scheme will help those with a disability discreetly indicate they may need extra support.

Those wearing a lanyard do not need to disclose what disability they have, but station and train staff will be on hand to offer those customers additional support and assistance if they require it.

SWR's accessibility and inclusion manager, Michael Adlington said: “As lockdown is eased and people start to use the railway again, it is more important than ever that we do everything we can to ensure that the services we offer are accessible to those with non-visible disabilities.

“We are immensely proud to be part of the brilliant Sunflower Lanyard Scheme. This initiative will make it easier for our staff to give customers with non-visible disabilities the time, support and assistance that they require.

“While it is positive that a growing number of disabled people are using the railway, too many still feel that they are unable to do so. Through this scheme and other measures, this is something we are committed to playing our part in changing.”