Passengers say a fond farewell to St Albans rail station stalwart James
Peter Alvey Photographer
A beloved St Albans train attendant has made the move to London - much to the dismay of his faithful fans.
The friendly face of James Allen, who built quite a following in St Albans, can now be seen charming the commuters between London St Pancras and Blackfriars.
The move comes as sad news to St Albans passengers, who grew fond of his uplifting train announcements which caught the attention of local and national press.
Fans on his two dedicated Facebook pages ‘James Allen’ and ‘James at St Albans Station’ have expressed their upset at his absence.
One commuter, Katie Sinclair, said: “James brightened up even the greyest of morning commutes with his warmth and friendly attitude.”
Another traveller, Rachel Dixon, said: “I do miss seeing James in St Albans, he always kept commuters so informed and nothing was too much trouble. He was getting some stick from angry commuters when I saw him at St Pancras and managed to keep calm and smiling!”
The admin from the ‘James at St Albans Station’ Facebook page said: “It’s good to share but we miss having him brighten up our day.”
James Allen said: “New adventures are always welcome and stimulating. Dozens and dozens of people have been coming up to me and saying how much they miss me – it’s nice to see old friends.”
A Thameslink spokesman said James moved a month ago and added: “James was looking for a new challenge so we have promoted him to work on our busiest station platforms in central London – between St Pancras and Blackfriars.
“This means that many more passengers now benefit from and enjoy his excellent announcements and advice – including those from St Albans but at the other end of their journeys.”