Tip-up seats not helpful for passengers with special needs

At first glance, trains fitted with tip-up seats to allow more passengers during peak hours seem to be a good idea (New trains for N-S, E-W lines feature tip-up seats; March 1).

However, they appear to be designed with only able-bodied passengers in mind, and not those with special needs, like me.

I do hope that some cars will continue to have fixed seats - perhaps the first and last cars - with signs to indicate so.

This will give elderly, handicapped and pregnant passengers an indication of where to board, and prevent them from being caught with no seats.

It is not always possible to plan trips only during off-peak hours.

Tan Pin Ho