New Community Marshall team at Finsbury Park station
By LiseS | Saturday, April 10, 2010, 13:06
Local enterprise group Finsbury Business Forum has come up with a great new way to help travellers at Finsbury Park station - five Community Marshalls to act as porters, helping with luggage and providing information about the local area.
With its mainline and underground services on different levels and no lifts, Finsbury Park can be a difficult interchange for travellers with heavy luggage or pushchairs. The new marshalls, who will be identifiable by their bright hi-visibility jackets, will be able to help encumbered commuters negotiate the stairs. They'll also give directions to lost vistors.
The new scheme will help not only travellers at the station, but also the unemployed men and women who will take on the marshalling jobs. Their wages will be paid by the Job Centre and employment service A4e. All the marshalls are CRB-checked, allowing them to work around children and young people.
The scheme could become permanent if it proves popular. Will porters improve access at the station and make it a friendlier place? Let us know your thoughts below!