2008: Transport Secretary Cab Ride

In March 2008, Women’s Consultative Committee member Pauline Cawood took Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly MP on a cab ride from Leeds to Sheffield.

Ruth Kelly sits in front of the controls of a train cab. Pauline Cawood is standing on the left of the photo in her uniform.

Pauline had met the Ruth Kelly at Labour Party conference and offered to take her on a cab ride to find out what it’s like to be a train driver.

When interviewed by the Manchester Evening News, the Transport Secretary and Bolton MP said it was a “dream come true” to be invited to join one of the UK’s few women train drivers on the footplate.

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