London's Tubes Now Feature a Gender Neutral Announcement Preface

 - Jul 14, 2017
References: tfl.gov.uk & mashable
London's iconic underground system has ditched its traditional "Ladies and gentleman" announcement preface for a more gender inclusive subway greeting.

In attempt to welcome a wider demographic of commuters, all pre-recorded announcements have been changed to inclusive acknowledgements like "Good morning everyone," eliminating the alienation of transgender, non-binary and gender-nonconforming travelers. In the wake of Pride, this simple gender-inclusive act serves as a prominent example of progressive city-wide changes that can lead to a safer and more welcoming environment. LGBTQ+ groups throughout the city have been advocating for the changing of the Tube announcements, as well as the gender training of all Tube staff.

The new inclusive subway greeting system is reflective of the celebration of London's diversity as well as the Tube's commitment to customer satisfaction and transport network improvement.