An 18-year-old from Brentford has become London’s youngest Tube driver.
For Seth Anderson-Crook, who works on the District Line, it marks the end of a lifelong dream to be in the driving seat of a London Underground (LU) train.
Just like other youngsters he played with trains and train sets as a child, but the ambition to be a train driver never faded.
At 15, while studying for his GCSEs and with a place at college to study for his A-levels, Seth applied for LU’s apprentice scheme.
When he got the job he was “ecstatic and over the moon” – 1,300 young people apply for the apprenticeship scheme, with just 15 being selected.
Seth then worked in operational roles ranging from customer service to signal operations.
He said: “It was a real eye opener.
“A whole new world was revealed; you get an amazing insight into all the hard work that goes into making the Tube run all day, every day, 364 days of the year.”
He could not complete his on-the-track training until he turned 18 as he was not legally allowed to – but within a week he began the four-month, hands-on training course.
“As soon as I got into the driver’s seat I felt at home,” he said.