|SOUTH Western Railway has named one of its trains after the Transport Benevolent Fund to celebrate its centenary.|
The TBF supports public transport workers in times of need, hardship and distress. Members contribute £1.25 per week to be part of the charity, which enables them, their partners and dependent children to access a wide range of health, welfare and financial support.
This includes a comprehensive range of complementary therapies, medical assistance, convalescence, legal advice, as well as bereavement grants.
The organisation was founded in 1923 by the predecessors of Transport for London, with roots in a fund established in 1914 to help the dependants of those who fought in the First World War. It has since expanded to cover all public transport workers in England, Scotland, and Wales.
SWR has more TBF members than any other train operator. Around 2,600 SWR colleagues are members of the TBF, almost half of all colleagues. The operator marked the occasion with a special train naming ceremony at its flagship London Waterloo station, which recently celebrated its own 175th anniversary.
One of SWR’s Class 450 trains, number 450100, named ‘Transport Benevolent Fund CIO’, was unveiled by the Managing Director of SWR, Claire Mann, the Chair of the TBF, Rob Jones, and the Chairman of Network Rail and Patron of the TBF, Lord Hendy.
Claire Mann, Managing Director of South Western Railway, commented:
Rob Jones, Chair of Transport Benevolent Fund CIO, commented:
Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill CBE, Chair of Network Rail and Patron of Transport Benevolent Fund CIO, commented:
The train naming ceremony this morning was attended by SWR colleagues as well as representatives from the TBF and the wider railway industry.
More information about the TBF and its work can be found on its website.