‘My picture was splashed on the front page’: how I became the face of transport chaos

‘My picture was splashed on the front page’: how I became the face of transport chaos

Why commuting during a 2015 bus strike turned a journalist into the story

As a freelance journalist, I’m much more comfortable writing about the news but, thanks to this photo, I have inadvertently become part of it. I had always wanted to appear on the front page of a paper but never expected that my face, rather than my byline, would get me there.

In January 2015 I had a job for a couple of days a week in London, which meant I had to commute from my home in Brighton to Victoria station. One morning, there was a bus strike and I was waiting outside the tube for the gates to reopen – they often shut them briefly during rush hour to prevent overcrowding. I noticed a man scramble on to a ledge between the gates and take pictures of the “chaos” caused by the strike. I thought no more of it and bustled down the stairs to the station, which was actually emptier and far less stressful than on non-strike days. So much for the transport meltdown.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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