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Our hard work and determination will help rail reach its goals


I think many of us needed a bit of a boost after a tough week last week.

Whatever side of the debate you are on, we have just seen two national strike days affect the railways — on Wednesday (RMT) and Saturday (ASLEF) — which undoubtedly take their toll on all parties concerned. I also think it is fair to say the lack of a funding deal for Transport for London, and DPTAC (the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee) saying that we have a long way to go to make the railways right for all disabled passengers (despite a colossal effort in recent years), can also be a setback to the industry’s hardworking spirit.

So we can take some heart from the fantastic win this weekend as the Lionesses fought long and hard to beat Germany 2-1, with the action taken into nail-biting extra time.

A reminder that perseverance, hard work and smart thinking pay off.

There are reminders of this a little closer to the railway as well. For example, we have seen history made as Dorothy, the tunnel boring machine, emerged after eight months of burrowing underground — not only a mechanical marvel but one which brings the dream of HS2 that little bit closer, and feel that little bit more real.

And you don’t have to dig tunnels, or be a footballing superstar, to see your dedication and focus pay off — just think of one more fantastic save. Beloved pet George the Labrador had gone missing, but after the Bedford community put their energy into getting the word out, he was rescued from the tracks by quick-thinking station and depot staff.

There is much that has divided rail in recent times, but these examples of determination and ingenuity remind us of the qualities that make our industry all the more special.


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