A TRAIN operator is making changes to the way it operates to make it inclusive for people with hidden disabilities.

Avanti West Coast has announced that it will now be taking part in the sunflower scheme which allows people with hidden disabilities to make others aware that they may need help.

The scheme encourages people to use a lanyard, wristbands, or wallet cards with the recognisable sunflower logo on it to discreetly indicate that they may need more time or assistance.

Brandon Peat, accessibility and inclusion manager at Avanti West Coast, said: “As more passengers start travelling again, we are striving to make the railway more inclusive.

"We are incredibly proud to be part of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme, giving passengers with hidden disabilities greater confidence to travel on Avanti West Coast."

The scheme was launched on the trains yesterday.