Blogs

Avanti West Coast Armed Forces Personnel

Remembering those who have served

Armed Forces personnel past and present at Avanti West Coast pause to reflect for Remembrance.

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"It’s my ambition to contribute towards achieving the UK 2050 net zero goal."

How Avanti West Coast’s Fatin Abdalla is playing her part in the battle against Climate Change.

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"The railway industry is now a more diverse place and really rewarding."

How Avanti West Coast Train Manager Aaron Koduah is using his experiences to inspire others.

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"It’s an opportunity to honour the struggles and celebrate successes."

Natasha Grice, Executive Director at Avanti West Coast, on Black History Month, inspirations and inclusion.

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“It’s an amazing experience where we get to spread a bit of inclusion and love.”

Train manager James Dobson on being part of the Avanti West Coast team at Birmingham Pride.

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“It was such a joyous occasion.”

Train manager Peter Davis on his role when Jane Magnet and Laura Dale wed on Avanti West Coast’s Marriage Carriage.

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“After every Event Host shift, I definitely feel I’ve made a difference.”

Paul Austin, Train Manager, gives an insight into his role as an Avant West Coast Event Host, supporting fans travelling for Euro 2020. 

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"It seems incredible on a journey of just over 400 miles it came down to a matter of seconds."

Preston-based driver, Neil Barker, reflects on Avanti West Coast’s record attempt for the fastest journey from London to Glasgow.

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"When colleagues used sign language... I realised the difference it could make."

Marvia Norman, Customer Service Assistant at Avanti West Coast, is delighted that Euston has installed screens with sign language. 

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"On the railway a split second can make a difference."

Sajid Ismail, a train driver for Avanti West Coast, on the effect of trespassing and why he wanted to educate about its dangers.

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Making a difference in lockdown

Avanti West Coast staff reflect helping during the coronavirus pandemic, one year since the first lockdown.

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"I thought only men drive trains."

Trainee driver, Chloe McKinlay, hopes her experience will encourage women to pursue a similar career path.