First Capital Connect Links and Useful Address
Hey and fairlpay to you. How are you getting on? Ah grand. It's all good.
Right, here's a home for useful contacts, links and anything else that might help retain our sanity/stop the almost certain decent into chaos that getting to work and home again seems to involve on a daily basis. I promise on my grandmother's life (not the nice one, not that it matter's they're both long gone) that I saw with my own eyes a group of commuters form their own primitive religion on the 07:44 to Kent House last Monday...
Press Coverage of First Capital Connect:
Telegraph: Is FirstGroup the worst company in Britain?
Telegraph: Poor train operators face sack under Government plans
The Guardian: Commuters petition Gordon Brown
Brighton Argus: First Capital Connect set to restore normal service on Monday
Telegraph: MP urges Government to sack First Capital Connect over 'commuting hell
Wall Street Journal: London Rail Union Approves Pay Deal
The Independent: Rail punctuality reaches autumn record
Herts Advertiser: 'FCC Boss says: 'Many feel we are totally incompetent''
Official FCC / FirstGroup Stuff:
FirstGroup share price movement showing some unusual high trading volume spikes
Buy FirstGroup shares NOW - Go on, you know you want to
FirstGroup 'The Leading Transport Operator in the UK and North America' Annual Report 2008
Great FirstGroup videos to fill up the iPod Touch you got for Christmas with
FirstGroup can deliver Harry Potter books in all weathers until the cows come home
Customer Service? yes! That's FirstGroup all over
Don't miss the FirstGroup corporate magazine
Overseas news of even more happy FirstGroup customers:
Greyhound demands $15M to avoid route cuts
Greyhound cuts back B.C. bus service
Board compromises on Greyhound route cuts
The Indianapolis Public School board votes to drop First Student
Those darn leaflets:
Here's my current incarnation of the cheeky leaflet, I have taken in various comments, mainly it was initially too 'wordy' (that's me through and through, apologies) I have highlighted the petition - I am pretty sure I have met the girls that started it and have mentioned this to them in an email, but they haven't got back to me, probably on the basis they think I am a mentalist.
Click here for a handy PDF to print out three to a sheet of A4
Click here for a PDF of the full sized one
Neal Lawson’s Experience (from Linkedin, a sort-of Facebook for nerds, he's the new First Capital Connect MD. Good Look Mr Lawson Sir)
New Trains Director
First Capital Connect
(Public Company; Transportation/Trucking/Railroad industry)
May 2009 — Present
Managing the procurement and delivery of 1300 new train sets for Thameslink
(the above line appeared up until about Jan 10th 2010 - now deleted - I am not surprised)
Director Deals - Firstgroup Plc (FGP)
Ellis Watson, Executive Director of FirstGroup bought 2,000 shares in the company on the 26th January 2010 at a price of 374.05p. The Director now holds 36,512 shares
A close friend of former Sun editor Kelvin McKenzie, Watson was also involved in firing Mirror editor Piers Morgan after the Iraq prisoner photo hoax. He was best man at Morgan's wedding weeks later.
Lockhead said Watson, who will take up the position in August 2009, would be of "great benefit" to the group's plans for future growth. Paul Moore, FirstGroup's communications director, yesterday played down speculation that the company's plans to eventually replace Lockhead.
Hey look, let's organise a big dinner somewhere and hire Ellis Watson as the guest speaker.