Monday 30 Oct 2017
Station worker returns for final episode of popular behind the scenes documentary at his “mansion”
A Network Rail worker who fondly refers to London Paddington Station as his “mansion” will return in the final episode of popular behind the scenes documentary Paddington Station 24/7.
Frank Granger, customer service assistant at Paddington station, attracted many admirers after he featured in the first episode of the series as he was in charge of Brunel’s iconic station on the evening of a terrorist attack in the capital.
He returns in the final episode as he works the night shift and deals with late night revellers following reports of inappropriate behaviour by some passengers on trains arriving into London Paddington.
The eight-part series has been a huge hit with viewers with more than 10 million tuning in for the first seven episodes which have featured railway workers on the Great Western Mainline as they deal with the biggest modernisation of the line for generations, major incidents including terror attacks, which caused disruption on the railway as well as the day-today challenge of running one of the UK’s busiest stations.
Speaking about the challenges of working at one of London’s busiest stations Frank said: “It’s not an easy task to keep the station moving but the series shows just how hard everyone works. Every day is different but the station team here should be proud of their efforts.
“Our priority is to keep passengers safe as they pass through the station and we work with everyone on the railway to do that.
“I am passionate about protecting passengers and my mansion (London Paddington). I hope people that watched the documentary get a better understanding of what Network Rail does and the range of challenges that the team at the station faces.”
The final episode of Paddington Station 24/7 will be aired on Monday, 30 October on Channel 5 at 9pm.
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 38,000 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.