How To Disembark A Speeding Train June 2012
The Thames Gateway stretches 40 miles east of London and has been designated a national priority for urban regeneration. Home to around 1.6 million people, the area contains some of the most deprived wards in the country, characterised by lack of access to public transport, services, employment and affordable quality housing.
The government hope to build 120,000 new homes in the area by 2016 to tackle the housing shortage in London and the South-East.
In 2007 The Channel Tunnel Rail Link/High Speed One was completed — the first major new railway in Britain for over a century.
East of the Olympic Park the line passes through over 20km of the Essex Thames Gateway, yet no stations have been built until Ebbsfleet, south of the Thames in Kent.
Richard hopes that jumping out of a 300km/h Javelin service as it passes through Essex will stimulate support for a new station in the Essex Thames Gateway.
How To Disembark A Speeding Train has been granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme.
The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: ‘The Inspire programme is ensuring the legacy of the 2012 Games starts now as projects like How To Disembark A Speeding Train are enabling people in Essex to make positive life changes.’
Cinematography: Iain Armstrong
Best Boy: Cat Harrison
With many thanks to Shauna Concannon and Southeastern Railways.
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Richard DeDomenici is an Artsadmin associate artist.
How To Disembark A Speeding Train is a Live Art Collective East project.