International Day of Disabled Persons

We’re turning Network Rail purple to celebrate International Day of Disabled Persons.

On 3 December, we and the rail industry are celebrating the economic and leadership contribution of disabled employees with purple – the colour of disability.

More than 1 billion people globally have some form of health condition or impairment, according to Purple Space, a networking and professional development hub for disabled employees. That’s 1 in 7 of us.

A total of 86% of all disabled people in the UK acquire their health condition or impairment during their working lives. More than half of disabled people feel at risk of losing their jobs due to their disability.

Liverpool Lime Street and London Euston stations

What are we doing?

CanDo, Network Rail’s disabled staff support network, has led our involvement with the international #PurpleLightUp campaign. This international campaign is a powerful declaration of solidarity by, and with, disabled people, and we are proud to be taking part.

We’re lighting up some of our biggest and busiest stations purple on the day to promote an understanding of disability issues.

“I want to help inspire confidence”

Equality, diversity and inclusion