Whilst many of us are currently in lockdown and not able to go out to work it can easily be forgotten that despite a reduced service running on most tramways in the UK a service is still running which requires drivers (and on some systems conductors) to still go to work each day. One such system is Nottingham Express Transit and to show their thanks to these drivers transporting other key workers around the area two schoolboys have paid tribute to them by designing a bright and colourful banner.
Henry (aged eight) and Toby (aged seven) Stapleton from Sherwood have designed their very own banner thanking NET drivers and as well as posting images of it on social media they’ve been holding it up at tram stops near to their home during daily walks with their mum.
Constantina Samara, Customer Services Manager, said: “The tram really is providing a vital service during these difficult times and our front-line staff have been touched by this show of support.”
Sandra, mum of the boys and Deputy Headteacher at Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology, said: “They know NHS staff and care workers are doing a fantastic job and have joined in shows of support for them, but they felt that the people who get them to work deserve similar recognition. The banner was all their idea, and they’re thrilled that it’s been spotted by drivers as they carry out their vital work.”
As a thank-you, Nottingham Express Transit have offered the boys a behind the scenes tour at Wilkinson Street Depot – once the Coronavirus restrictions are lifted of course!
Congratulation boys on your support for tram drivers and Nottingham and we at British Trams Online also give a big thank you to everyone who is enabling services to continue to transport key workers around the country during these difficult times.