Glimpse behind the scenes at Greater Anglia in new podcast

Monday, 6 December 2021

Life On Rails podcast graphic. Credit: Greater Anglia

Have you ever wondered who decides what colour trains should be?

In the new episode of Greater Anglia’s Life of Rails podcast, Jason Brandon, who as brand manager oversaw the design of the company’s new trains’ livery, interiors and seats, reveals how much of what the new trains look like is his own personal taste and how much is governed by brand and regulations.

The podcast throws a spotlight on accessibility manager Rebecca Richardson, who works tirelessly to improve accessibility in every area of Greater Anglia’s railway, from trains and stations to customer service and communications.

She reveals that she’s most proud of how she has involved disabled people to carry out training programmes at Greater Anglia, giving a voice to disabled people.

The magazine-style podcast, which takes a behind the scenes look at different aspects of Greater Anglia in every episode, also includes an interview with engineering director Martin Beable, who chooses his favourite green features of the new trains.

Resident Greater Anglia fares guru Ken Strong explains how to get the cheapest tickets for a trip to London, for either an evening out or a night away.

Presenters Juliette Maxam and Lucy Wright, from the company’s PR and media team, interview Julie Berry, a professional voice over artist and the woman behind announcements on Greater Anglia trains, in the “travel surgery” slot where a guest is sent to a destination on the company’s network.

They also discuss snow and ice and what the railway does to keep running in wintry weather – from snow brakes to icicle patrols.

Media and PR manager Juliette Maxam said: “There are so many interesting stories to tell about what makes the railway run, we’re excited to reveal some of them in our podcast.

“Why not listen to our podcast while travelling on one of our trains? And tweet us at @GreaterAngliaPR if there’s a subject you want us to cover next time.”

The new episode comes out on Wednesday 8 December and is available from all the usual podcast channels and from www.greateranglia.co.uk/podcast.