The London Tube Just Axed "Ladies & Gentlemen" To Make Announcements Gender Neutral

Ladies and gentlemen’ greeting banned on famed London subway. The reason will come as no surprise

Underground staff have been instructed to begin their announcements with phrases like, "Hello, everyone" and "Good morning everyone".

In a bid to foster a more inclusive commuting experience, the London Underground is making a change to the way it addresses passengers.

The gender-neutral greeting will also be used on prerecorded announcements.

When the subject was broached during the Mayor's Question Time last month, Sadiq Khan pledged his support to TfL's announcements creating a more inclusive service for travellers.

"We want everyone to feel welcome on our transport network", Mark Evers, director of customer strategy at Transport for London (TfL), said in a statement.

The move has been welcomed by various LGBT groups, after months of campaigning over the issue. The spokesperson said that the move toward gender neutrality "will ensure that everyone - no matter who they identify as - feels accounted for".

The change comes after pressure from transgender campaigner and Green Party spokesman Aimee Chandler, who said she was "ridiculed" by Transport for London staff who said she "didn't sound like a miss" in 2016.

She said: "People are saying it's such a small thing, and "get a life".

Challenor called Transport for London's Oyster card helpline, due to problems with her transport card.

TfL has said it plans to update its guidance "as quickly as we can". "But hearing these announcements - we are living in the 21st century, not the 19th".

Equality activist and transgender woman Aimee Challenor, who called on Mayor Sadiq Khan to address the issue a year ago, said, "People are saying it's such a small thing, and "get a life".

"F$3 rom time to time, well-meaning staff may still use the term 'ladies and gentlemen, '" he said. Accordingly, he now says the TfL has committed "to transition from gender-specific a gender-neutral alternative".

He said: "I am aware, however, that some customers may not relate to or feel comfortable with the way that certain station announcements are made". If this happens frequently, TfL will issue reminders to staff, and it will do so at the stations you highlighted.



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