PR masks slips as Crossrail comes to Dalston

Crossrail2: TfL-Network Rail "consultation" by Dalston Lane library Hackney Lon E8 141115 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

WHEN big organisations run public consultations they usually select staff experts with enough PR skills to dodge difficult questions.

The expert is commonly advised: “Offer a form on which people can write their comments. Makes ’em feel involved.”

Occasionally, however, the mask slips and a personal view pops out.

That’s just what happened when Denise Stower went to the mobile display outside the CLR James Library to find out more about Crossrail 2.

Crossrail2: TfL-Network Rail "consultation" by Dalston Lane library Hackney Lon E8 141115 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

Liking the proposal, Stower, a Hackney resident, said to one of the people on the TfLNetwork Rail stand: “A transport system that takes vehicles off the road is worth supporting.”

Crossrailer: “Not so good here, eh? Travelling by car is better, isn’t it?”

Stower: “No. There are two stations and many buses in Dalston. Hackney has good transport links all over.”

Crossrailer: “It’s cold on bus stops and at stations. My car’s warm.”

Stower: “Get a bike — cycling makes you warm. And fit. And public transport is better for the environment, too. I think Crossrail is going to reduce road congestion and improve air quality.”

Crossrailer: “Yes, that’s true. (Said with little conviction — the woman was clearly not  interested in my opinion.)

Weird, eh? A supposed Crossrail proponent who opposes public transport.

Hamish Scott 151115

* Backstory: Crossrail builds an island; What are they doing to the Lea?; Link the Dalston stations; Disabled? Stay away from the new DK

Crossrail2: TfL-Network Rail "consultation" by Dalston Lane library Hackney Lon E8 141115 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

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