Mumsnet battle Churchill’s grandson over Caledonian Sleeper transgender policy

Serco overtook operation of the service in April 2015. Picture: Contributed
Serco overtook operation of the service in April 2015. Picture: Contributed
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Users on the Mumsnet internet forum have clashed with Sir Winston Churchill’s grandson over the rights of transgender people on the Caledonian sleeper.

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The operator of the overnight rail service between London and Scotland decided that male passengers who identified as women would be able to use female-only compartments.

Mumsnet have argued this compromises the safety of women travelling on the trains.

The furore started after a response from operator Serco was shared on the site. It read: “Guests travel with the Caledonian Sleeper in shared accommodation for men-only or women-only; the service is provided on the basis of the gender that the individual self-identifies with.”

Chief executive Rupert Somes, whose grandfather was the great British wartime Prime Minister, has tried to quell the fury on social media.

He tweeted a response to one user, saying: “I think you are referring to the possibility that people may say that they are a woman when in fact they are a man – sigh.”

He also added that his staff were: “...attentive and watchful; all cabins have call buttons; if a single woman was uncomfortable with the other person they would be moved to another cabin.”

A Serco spokesman told the Daily Mail: “Everyone is greeted personally and shown to their cabin on the Caledonian Sleeper by our excellent and highly attentive staff.

“Anyone travelling can choose to book a cabin alone and the option to share with another person of the same sex is being phased out in autumn with the arrival of the new carriages.”

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