Pregnant women using public transport

Train - First class travel for the price of standard

Depending on the train company, women greater than 20 weeks pregnant can get complimentary first class travel when standard class is full.  You need a valid season ticket and a copy of the MATB1 form, which you get from your GP. Send this onto your train company and if eligible they will send you a letter authorising first class use.

See relevant train company for their terms and conditions:

First Great Western:

South Eastern Railway:

South West Trains:

First Capital Connect:

National Express East Anglia:

Tube – Baby on Board badge

Passengers might ignore your bump, but not your badge! 

Although there are priority seats in every underground carriage, expectant women may find that they are not offered one.  To save yourself the embarrassment of asking someone to get up, Transport For London offer a free ‘baby on board’ badge which you can display prominently to other passengers.

Pregnant women can wear a 'Baby on board' badge to let other passengers know they may need a seat. These are available from our Customer Service Centre by calling 0845 330 9880begin_of_the_skype_highlighting or emailing

Relevant articles (link to other websites)

Why pregnant women can’t get a seat on the bus – article from The Telegraph

Mind the Bump! – article from Transport for London


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