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TransPennine Express (TPE) has today, Friday 11 October, named the community room on platform 2 at Selby Railway station after local campaigner and former Chair of the Selby Rail Users Group, Reg French MBE.
Reg, who sadly passed away in May, was a long-standing friend of both TPE and the station. As chair of the Selby Rail Users Group, he was well loved not only by customers but also by TPE staff at the station.
Before making a name for himself as a campaigner, Reg worked on the railways as a fireman, until being advised to find a different occupation due to his developing asthma.
Reg cared dearly for his local community and was awarded an MBE for his public service. Some of his work included initiating a number of campaigns to successfully improve rail stations and services. A long campaign to install lifts was finally rewarded with a decision this April to allocate funds from the ‘Access for All’ scheme.
Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Experience Director for TransPennine Express, said: “We’re delighted to be naming the community room at Selby station after Reg French. Reg was a great friend to everyone at TransPennine Express, especially my colleagues at Selby. He cared deeply about his local community and campaigned for many improvements at Selby station, with his legacy being the lifts which will be installed at the station in the near future.”