George Driffill Greater Anglia's London Ambassador

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Greater Anglia train driver George Driffill has been chosen as a London Ambassador for the 2012 Games.

A poster on the underground inspired George’s interest in the London Ambassador scheme and after a rigorous selection process, George was amongst the select group chosen for the scheme, from the many tens of thousands who applied for the scheme.

George has over 46 years experience of the rail industry and this substantial experience will stand him in good stead in his role as a London Ambassador.

George started his rail career as an engine cleaner at Parkeston locomotive depot in 1966. He later transferred to Stratford depot as a secondman, qualifying as a driver in 1973, upon which he moved to Ripple Lane freight depot. In 1974 he transferred to East Ham depot, before moving to Gidea Park in 1994.

George drives trains on Greater Anglia’s services from London Liverpool Street to Shenfield, Braintree, Southminster and Southend.

During the Games George will be working at the information point beside the main entrance to the Olympic stadium, assisting visitors with their enquiries, so his knowledge of the local area and the transport system should really come in handy.

Speaking of his selection as a London Ambassador George said “I am over the moon to have been chosen as a London Ambassador, it is such an exciting thing to be a part of.  I’ve been doing lots of research and preparation, on top of the training, so I can do my very best to help visitors make the most of their visit to the area during the Games.”

George hails from Essex, having been born and raised in Harwich, he now lives in the Romford area.

Terry Hammond Greater Anglia’s Area Operations Manager said: “We’re pleased and proud that George has been chosen as a London Ambassador, we hope he will have a memorable experience of the Games.”