Mums-to-be First Class Upgrade, Abellio Greater Anglia - From National Rail Enquires
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Mums-to-be First Class Upgrade, Abellio Greater Anglia - From National Rail Enquires

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Found 9th Jun 2014
Was checking a train time for a friend ans saw this link.
Will only be of use to a few people but I hope this gets the info out there.

To make life a little easier towards the end of your pregnancy, Abellio Greater Anglia offers a free First Class upgrade for Standard Class ticket holders in your last eight weeks of pregnancy before maternity leave.

To obtain this authority you must be in possession of a season ticket Photocard. If you do not hold a season ticket or have a Photocard, please take a recent passport size/style photograph to any of our ticket offices. A Photocard will be created for you free of charge.

Apply in writing:
Freepost RSCZ-UXZJ-EHHE
Abellio Greater Anglia
Customer Relations
Station Approach
Norwich NR1 1EG

Please include the following information:

•Your Photocard number
•The journey details (origin and destination)
•A letter from your employer confirming your last date of travel before maternity leave. If you do not work a letter from your GP will be required.
We will send you an authority to travel in First Class accommodation valid until the last day of travel before your maternity leave is due to start. You must show this authority, your train ticket and your Photocard during any ticket check on the train.

Updated OP with the full text.

14 Comments

That's a nice gesture from Abellio Greater Anglia, voted hot.

Transformers

That's a nice gesture from Abellio Greater Anglia, voted hot.



I Second that ..... lol. :-)

I want parity for being sterile !!!!

Iv tried the link but it's showing as £189?

emmacherry39

Iv tried the link but it's showing as £189?


Congratulations on the pregnancy emma. Good luck

I had this pass but you should note you're only allowed in first class when all seats in standard class are taken. This is usually on rush hour trains.

In case people just try and book first class and wonder why there is no discount:

You have to apply in writing to get authority to travel in first class as per the link once you have your free photo ID card:

Apply in writing:Freepost RSCZ-UXZJ-EHHEAbellio Greater AngliaCustomer … Apply in writing:Freepost RSCZ-UXZJ-EHHEAbellio Greater AngliaCustomer RelationsStation ApproachNorwich NR1 1EGPlease include the following information:Your Photocard numberThe journey details (origin and destination)A letter from your employer confirming your last date of travel before maternity leave. If you do not work a letter from your GP will be required.We will send you an authority to travel in First Class accommodation valid until the last day of travel before your maternity leave is due to start. You must show this authority, your train ticket and your Photocard during any ticket check on the train.



Once received you just by your standard travel ticket and sit in first class with your Photocard, Authority confirmation and your standard travel ticket. That's how I understand it works anyway.
Edited by: "tyepye" 10th Jun 2014

Where's the sexual equality here?! ;-p

I think this is a bit of a joke.

Was recently knocked off my scooter and suffered a pretty bad leg injury. I asked about being able to sit in first class (as there are never any seats by the time the train gets to my station).

I was told I could pay for the upgrade because I wasn't be entitled to sit in first class like pregnant women are.

I was suffering from an actual disability (albeit it temporary) that stopped me being able to stand up for more than a couple of minutes at a time, yet women, who were still more than capable of standing, get priority.

I'm not trying to be nasty, but I don't see why pregnancy is considered a greater hardship than a disability.

Nice and quiet in First Class......not like the wailing, squealing little brats in standard class once you move back to there again in 9 months. (_;)

Might stick a pillow up my jumper and give it a try.

adam_holcombe

I think this is a bit of a joke. Was recently knocked off my scooter and … I think this is a bit of a joke. Was recently knocked off my scooter and suffered a pretty bad leg injury. I asked about being able to sit in first class (as there are never any seats by the time the train gets to my station). I was told I could pay for the upgrade because I wasn't be entitled to sit in first class like pregnant women are.I was suffering from an actual disability (albeit it temporary) that stopped me being able to stand up for more than a couple of minutes at a time, yet women, who were still more than capable of standing, get priority. I'm not trying to be nasty, but I don't see why pregnancy is considered a greater hardship than a disability.



Tbf you could have just asked someone to give up their seat for you and explain your situation to them. A lot of people travelling go into a trance so they wouldn't stand up on their own for anyone, most of the time it's not because they're rude, it's mostly because they're in their own little world and will only notice others in need if they're prompted.

Lovely. Also a little known fact that most train services have a policy to upgrade you at peak times when seats are short if you are pregnant. My sister and I, who were both pregnant, got upgraded to first class by south west trains on a london to bournemouth route at rush hour. :-)

foxh0und1

Tbf you could have just asked someone to give up their seat for you and … Tbf you could have just asked someone to give up their seat for you and explain your situation to them. A lot of people travelling go into a trance so they wouldn't stand up on their own for anyone, most of the time it's not because they're rude, it's mostly because they're in their own little world and will only notice others in need if they're prompted.



Same could be said for pregnant women.
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