Meet Marlon Meville, a TfL Central line driver working hard to keep London moving.
1Can you explain your role in one sentence?I work as a Central line Tube Driver for Transport for London (TfL).
2How long have you been doing this job for?I have been working for TfL for over 22 years now. I first gained my Tube Driver qualification back in 2002 and started my career on the Jubilee line before later switching to the Central to be closer to home.
3Did you find yourself in this role by accident or by design?By accident. I am an outgoing person by nature and initially started working as a Station Assistant. An opportunity arose to apply for a Tube Driver position, and I have never looked back. I was originally a little hesitant of applying for the role as there is a lot of lone working involved but I have really grown to love the job.
4What is the best part of your role?Looking after my TfL passengers and keeping everyone safe. I love speaking to the commuters and will often have fantastic interactions when walking to and from my cab.
5What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to your job?I once parked my tube at one of our Central line depots for a speedy toilet break. When I came back, my tube had vanished. I started panicking, fearing it had been stolen and radioed into control for assistance. It turns out that I had come back down the wrong (identical) stairwell and I was just on the opposite platform. I felt very silly.
6What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?Despite living in London, I am lucky enough to have my own garden. I use the space to grow my own fruit and vegetables and have two chickens. I am also a big fan of exploring historical relics and I have recently visited Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand to explore their ancient temples. Travelling is education for the soul.
7What do you like about this area?Marble Arch is a juxtaposition of different cultures. There is a real mix of people working and living in the area and this creates for a wonderful atmosphere. I particularly love the Arabic restaurants; the food always smells amazing.
8Where is your favorite place to go for lunch in the area?We are quite limited for lunch as we need to take our breaks at our designated depots. I have however been out in Marble Arch for food a few times and I really love Maroush Gardens. They do fantastic flatbread and hummus.
9Who is your hero and what is it about them that inspires you?My cousin. She is the most selfless and caring person I have ever met. Despite having four of her own children, she later adopted four of her nieces and nephews when her sister sadly passed away. She and her husband raised eight children whilst both having full time jobs. She is an amazing woman.
10If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?I am keen to continue visiting as many ancient relics around the world as I can. The Egyptian Pyramids are next on my list. I am also keen to go somewhere completely different like Antarctica. The scenery and wildlife are meant to be breathtaking.