Letter: No seat on the train

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Sir: It was disheartening to see that Thameslink has been criticised for a "patronising" attitude to a pregnant woman wanting special treatment.

Train operators could certainly provide more trains and therefore more seats for all passengers. However, I have travelled, pregnant, on public transport and it is true that people don't always give up their seats - why should they? I have also travelled not pregnant, but tired, hung- over, fed up or with a bad back and have neither expected a seat, nor given one up every time I saw someone more "deserving".

Being pregnant is a choice and common sense dictates that, as with other conditions, if one is not feeling 100 per cent one alters travel arrangements accordingly. I thought Thameslink's response quite reasonable.

VERITY KALCEV

London SW12

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