On Friday 9 March, Jo attended an event to celebrate the 150th birthday of Orpington Railway Station.
The event, which was also attended by local councillors, Southeastern staff and business groups, featured a special birthday cake to mark the milestone, which Jo had the honour of cutting.
Orpington station was opened on 2 March 1868, as part of a new line introduced by South Eastern Railways, running between Chislehurst and Tonbridge.
Jo said: “Orpington station’s 150th birthday underlines the central role of railways in our society and our economy. Before the railway arrived, Orpington was a tiny village with a population of less than 1,000.
Today it’s a mega-hub serving seven central London stations, with five million passenger journeys each year and soon to benefit from new Thameslink connections to Luton and Bedford. I’d like to thank all the staff at Southeastern for their hard work.”
David Wornham, Passenger Services Director at Southeastern, added: “This is a very special day for Orpington and our dedicated station employees. We will continue to focus on improving the station in the areas that matter most to our passengers, including plans for a redesigned station forecourt and secure cycle parking later this year."