Disabled comedian Tanyalee Davis 'humiliated and embarrassed' after GWR train guard threatens to call police if she doesn't move from disabled space

Tom Powell

A disabled comedian has claimed she was “humiliated and embarrassed” after a train guard made her move her mobility scooter to make way for a mother and baby.

Tanyalee Davis said a guard on a Great Western Railway (GWR) service from Plymouth to London threatened to call the police if she did not vacate the disabled space.

She said the guard then made an announcement that she was “causing problems” and the train would consequently be “delayed indefinitely” during the incident on Sunday.

Ms Davis, 47, who has a form of dwarfism, was travelling on the 11am service to London Paddington after headlining Plymouth Comedy Club on Saturday.

She had left her mobility scooter in the unreserved disabled space before a young mother got on and asked to use it for a pram.

In a tearful video about the incident, Ms Davis said: “We were an hour into the journey and a woman got on and there was all this commotion and I hear the guard get on and he’s like ‘you gotta fold up this scooter and all the suitcases’.”

Tanyalee Davis recorded a tearful video about the nightmare journey form Plymouth to London (Tanyalee Davis / YouTube)

The comedian, who lives in Norwich, said she was told to fold up the scooter or leave it in the concourse and then move it out of the way at every stop.

“It got all escalated and he basically said ‘fine I’m calling the police and this train will be stopped at Taunton’,” she said.

“And then he made an announcement over the tannoy saying that it was the woman with the mobility scooter who’s causing problems and that we would be delayed indefinitely.”

She added: “It was humiliating and I cried for most of the journey home. It was really embarrassing and I’m sick of this, having to deal with this all of the time.

“I don’t know what it is about this country. They really make you feel disabled.

"Just because I use a mobility scooter it doesn't make me a pariah, it doesn't make me less disabled."

"I'm just trying to make a living, to make people laugh," she said.

A GWR spokesperson said: “No one travelling with us should be left feeling like this. This should not have happened, and we have been in touch with Tanyalee to apologise directly.

“She has asked to speak with a senior member of our team to talk about her experience – and how we might avoid it happening again - and we have said we would be very happy to arrange this as soon as possible.”