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London Midland driver retires after 50 years in the rail industry

Press Release   •   Jun 12, 2014 17:02 BST

Bletchley depot-based driver, Alan Robson, drove his last ever train this week, and will now embark upon a well-earned and well-deserved retirement – just four months short of 50 years on the ‘footplate’.

Alan’s last train was the 10.55 Bedford to Bletchley service, and the momentous moment in his career history was made even more special as his Granddaughter Georgina Robson, a Bletchley-based Senior Conductor, shared the journey with him as conductor on the train.

Alan’s colleagues marked the occasion with a series of celebrations, including a special message on the customer information screen at Bletchley, before presenting him with a retirement cake.

Patrick Verwer, London Midland's managing director said, "We wish Alan a long and happy retirement and thank him for his commitment and dedication to the rail industry".

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Since 2007, London Midland has been providing train services to and from London in the south, to Birmingham in the Midlands and Liverpool in the north-west.  Over 60 million passenger journeys a year are made using on the network and London Midland manage 148 stations and operate
over 1,300 services a day.

London Midland is owned by Govia, the partnership between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia
is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, Southern (which includes Gatwick Express services), Southeastern and London Midland.  Further information on Govia is available at

London Midland has won a range of awards, including Best Local Transport Integration, four Rail Business Awards for marketing, public relations and customer information, five Golden Spanner Awards for Engineering, three IOIC awards for internal communication and three Railstaff Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, Lifesaving and Charity Work.

In 2013 London Midland was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Silver Award and been awarded the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2012.

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