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London Midland manager swaps tracks for towpaths and raises £1,250 for charity

Press Release   •   Jan 21, 2010 07:48 GMT

London Midland manager Andy John raised £1,250 for charities when he swapped tracks for towpaths in a cycle ride along the Grand Union Canal.

Control Fleet Manager Andy, who works in London Midland's control room at the Mailbox, set off from Regent's Park in London and cycled the 160-mile route along the Grand Union Canal to Birmingham city centre.

Andy was accompanied by his friend Ian Charlesworth for the September event.

The endurance feat was all the more impressive as Andy injured his back two days before setting off and the duo had to repair numerous punctures because of hawthorn hedge cutting along the route.

The pair raised £750 for the Pancreatic Cancer Fund and £500 for the Perry Tree Centre for older people in Kingstanding.

Andy decided to raise funds after losing his father Richard to pancreatic cancer. Richard worked as a train manager for Cross Country trains in Birmingham.

“It's a cause that often gets forgotten about as people tend to donate to Cancer Research which incorporates all forms of the disease,” Andy said.

“I'd like to thank everyone who supported us and hope we've been able to raise awareness of these good causes.”

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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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