Tuesday 14 Mar 2017
Essex woman to appear in new Channel 5 documentary series
King’s Cross station manager Laura Murphy will appear in a new documentary series which goes behind the scenes of the rail industry.
The show follows railway workers on the East Coast Main Line as they deal with major incidents which are causing disruption on the railway, carry out engineering works and manage stations.
In last night's episode, Laura, who has worked for Network Rail for seven years and lives in Wickford, discussed what it’s like to manage one of Britain’s busiest train stations.
Laura said: “There’s a lot which goes on behind the scenes that passengers just don’t see. My team work really hard to keep passengers safe and help them get their trains on time.
“I hope people will watch the documentary and see just how hard myself and my team work to keep things running smoothly and how we try our best to fix things when they don’t go to plan.
“All my friends and family will be watching. The railway has a special place in our family as my great great grandfather was actually a train driver on Flying Scotsman!”
The second episode of Inside King’s Cross: The Railway aired last night at 21:00 on Channel 5.
If you missed it, you can catch-up online
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 36,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.