When the Bakerloo line extension opened at Maida Vale in 1915, history was made: it became the first Underground station to be staffed entirely by women. As the First World War took hold and increasing numbers of men enlisted for military service, women stepped in to take over their homefront roles and responsibilities. This prompted a huge shift which would alter lives and perceptions forever.
Alongside our industry partners Crossrail, DfT, Network Rail, WES, and WTS, we are using this anniversary to launch the 100 Years of Women in Transport programme. The programme will celebrate the role that women have played in the industry during the past 100 years and give us an opportunity to look at our industry today. By reflecting on our current diversity, we'll be able to identify the opportunities which will develop our workforce in the future.
This campaign is as much about celebrating the past as it is about the present and the future: attracting and retaining talented staff, contributing to the wider economy, and making sure that we can respond to the operational and delivery challenges we now face.
We want to celebrate the important role of women in our industry, but more than that, we want to engage, motivate and inspire current and future generations of transport workers. We're aiming to do this by:
Achieving these aims will:
The 100 Years of Women in Transport campaign was launched in November 2014. Attended by people from across the transport industry (including suppliers), everyone involved has shown committment the programme and its aim to ensure diversity within our industry. Find out more about the launch event on YouTube.