Words matter
Simon Wilson
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This. As a postgrad student I would often get the train from Manchester to Bangor in North Wales. This is the announcement that was made when the Bangor (or Llandudno) train rolled into Manchester Oxford Road:

“[after listing all the stations through to rhe destination] X and Y [I forget which] are request stops. Passengers wishing to alight at these stations should contact the train conductor, to arrange for the train to stop, to allow them to alight.

Good luck hearing that over a station tannoy. Good luck if you’re a tourist, have any kind of cognitive difficulties, or were born after the 1950s (who says ‘alight’ anymore? Now it just means ‘on fire’).

Public transport in the UK needs to hire some plain language people.