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Luton station team give school children lesson in railway safety

Press Release   •   Feb 04, 2016 12:15 GMT

Thameslink recently treated 120 children from Beechwood primary school, close to Leagrave station, to a train ride to Luton as part of a railway safety session.

The school approached Luton station manager Joe Healy about the possibility of supporting their classroom work on transport and wanted help to make the learning practical. Joe readily agreed and Thameslink was able to provide rail journeys from Leagrave to Luton for the youngsters over four sessions.

The local station team were also on hand to support the children, providing them with Thameslink’s ‘Go Learn’ teaching support material which is focused on ensuring safe travel, as well as free pencils to support their studies.

Joe said: “We had a really good few days and the children from Beechwood School were on top form. They really got involved and were fascinated with the train journey and the activities we did at the station too. We had a quiz on safety and a tour of the station. I hope it has helped them with their lessons and that we’ll see them again.

“A big thanks to all my station team who helped: Cornelia Stanislaus, Donna Field, Imma ‘Maccy’ Johnson, Mellissa De Simone, Andy Breeds, Amir Aziz and Aaron Clark.”

Thameslink and its parent company Govia Thameslink Railway have already helped deliver lessons in safe travel to almost 3,500 primary school children. Any schools who would like to take part should email


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  • 6,500 employees
  • £1.3bn annual revenue
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  • 50% increase in capacity
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  • £1m per year for local communities to spend on improvements at stations
  • The GTR investment programme for stations includes funding for more CCTV, toilet refurbishments, new retail facilities, help points and car park improvements – as well as plans for increased motorcycle storage and improved transport integration.,,,