News from East Midlands Trains


Beeston passengers love Dave’s cheerful announcements

Beeston based station announcer Dave Smith prides himself on making cheerful announcements for the passengers using the station near Nottingham. And now his announcements have become so well known and loved that a local radio station has heard about him and featured him on their Monday morning breakfast show.

BBC Radio Nottingham got in touch with East Midlands Trains, who manage the station at Beeston, to ask if they could visit and record Dave during the busy Monday morning commute. On the morning of the visit Dave was hard at work busily serving commuters and making station announcements, wishing passengers a good journey, a great morning and a fantastic week!

Dave says: “The people here at Beeston are great. Lots of the passengers are regulars now and I find that people respond very well to the happy announcements I make. It might be a wet miserable Monday morning at the start of another working week but I hope I can put a smile on their face as they pass through the station. We all spend a lot of time at work and sometimes I see more of the faces of these passengers than I do my own family. I have a job to do here, but if I can make people smile while I’m doing it, then that makes me happy too.”

Nigel Carlisle, Route Manager for East Midlands Trains says: “We’ve got a great team at Beeston and Dave’s announcing style is certainly gathering fame locally. As a company we know that people want accurate and reliable information about their journey and we train our announcers to do that consistently. But it’s great that Dave manages to pass that information on to passengers with so much personality and character. I’m delighted that the local radio station has heard about him.”

Dave appeared live on the BBC Radio Nottingham on Monday 10 March from 07.00 – 09.00 but you can catch his announcements most days at Beeston!