Sign Language for trial for more trains

A UK train operator, Northern announced in September 2023, that it would interpret its announcements into British Sign Language (BSL) on some of its services.  Passengers will first see the new BSL visuals on trains between Manchester Victoria and Leeds. The visuals will interpret information such as station announcements. The train operator aims to have the trial up and running by the end of the year.

The 2021 census showed that in England and Wales BSL was the main language of 22,000 people aged 3 and over.  This was an increase of 15,000.

Another UK rail operator had already announced in December 2022 that it would start providing departure boards in (BSL).

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