TV star Robson Green sends video thank you to key transport workers across the North East
Transport workers across the North East have been praised for their “commitment, dedication and devotion” by actor and presenter Robson Green.
The TV star recorded a video message for workers on the Tyne and Wear Metro, the cross-Tyne Shields ferry and local bus networks as the coronavirus crisis continues to hit the region.
Scores of public transport staff remain in frontline roles amid the lockdown in order to keep the region moving for other key workers, including NHS employees.
In the message, actor Green said: “A big thank you to you guys who keep the Tyne and Wear Metro, the ferry service and the buses running.
“In these times of coronavirus revolution, thank you. Thank you for your commitment, your dedication and your devotion to getting people where they need to be.
“And in these really challenging, difficult, and strange times, you guys remind us all about the vital, crucial and essential role you play in our everyday lives, for which I know everyone in the north east will always be eternally grateful. Thank you.”
Nexus, the public body which operates Metro, said the message from the TV star and presenter was a huge morale boost for its workforce during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
In the 1980s, Green played the role of a ticket inspector in a corporate video for the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive.
He went on to star in Casualty, Soldier Soldier, Wire in the Blood and Grantchester. He was also half of singing due Robson & Jerome.
Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “This message of support from Robson Green will mean a great deal to our frontline teams and wider workforce at this time of national crisis.
“It’s a big morale boost as staff continue to carry out their roles during the lockdown, ensuring that our local public transport services keep other key workers on the move.
“We have a small army of engineers, controllers, train crew, customer service advisors and cleaners at work night and day.
“This video message a precious thing for us to share and I can't say thank you enough to Robson Green for taking the time - and having the thoughtfulness - to record it.”