June 15, 2024

LNER trials sign language on information screens

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is trialling the full integration of British Sign Language (BSL) at Doncaster Railway Station.  

Its customer information screens will display videos alongside the latest customer information, translating updates into sign language, with the integrated messaging providing parity of information.   

Teams from across LNER are working with Doncaster Deaf Trust and Communication Specialist College Doncaster on the project, which will see the messaging trialled throughout December 2023 with a view to expanding the initiative across the network should the pilot prove a success.  

The videos will be displayed across several information screens found at Doncaster, communicating the departure time of services, the train operator, destination, calling points and platform number. Any changes to departure times or platforms will also be signed, along with updates in the event of delays or cancellations. 

Mark Moaby, Acting Chief Digital and Innovation Officer at LNER, said: “We are committed to making travel more accessible  so everyone can enjoy the best possible experience when travelling with us. 

“We’re delighted to be trialling this innovative technology. The live test at Doncaster is the culmination of the drive and combined vision that D/deaf customers should be able to access information about train services in the same place as hearing customers.” 

Natalie Pollard, BSL Manager at Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: “We were really pleased to be invited by LNER to work with them on the new screens. It is so important for our D/deaf community to be kept up to date with the latest travel information as people make their journeys and the new displays will make a difference.”