Thanks First Capital Connect – you listened!

Back in January I wrote a concerned blog post ‘An open call: trains, disruption and safeguarding schoolkids‘. It was a public request to train operators (especially First Capital Connect) to improve how they safeguard children commuting during disruptions to service. Following a huge amount of public support, I was able to raise the issue directly with First Capital […]


Tech & Social Review: Why we cannot ignore #BringBackOurGirls

My top pick today is the piece in TIME discussing the role of the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign to raise awareness of the horrific kidnapping of 300 girls in Nigeria. The article highlights the importance of social media in driving up the pressure to find these innocent young girls. The key take out is the […]

An open call: Trains, disruption and safeguarding schoolkids

During the major Thameslink rail line disruption on Friday, I found myself sitting on a stationary train at my local station, frustrated like all the other passengers. As I finished emailing colleagues about the delays and finally got-over-myself for being annoyed at something unavoidable. I noticed a young child in school uniform, sitting alone and […]

Top 5 iPhone London Travel Apps (just in time for the Olympics)

London is truly one of the best cities in the World. Yet, getting around can be a challenge. With all the events this year – especially the Olympics – knowing how to get from A to B will require great skill. This is where my favourite iPhone travel Apps come into their own. They regularly […]

First Capital Connect – broken promises

I recently wrote about meeting Neal Lawson, the Managing Director of First Capital Connect, at the ‘meet the managers’ session at Harpenden Train Station. During the conversation I had with Mr Lawson, joined by Cllr Julie Bell, he assured me improvements in communications was a priority. Yet this morning, I sat on a FCC train […]

First Capital Connect – meeting with MD Neal Lawson

I was at Harpenden Train Station last night at the First Capital Connect (FCC) ‘meet the manager’ Meeting that FCC are organising at several stations along the Bedford to Brighton line. Whilst the Conservatives have been at the forefront of battling with FCC to get things moving with our own Peter Lilley MP  asking the […]