WHAT'S THIS ABOUT?
This December a new rail franchise will be awarded in the South East and it's very possible that trains from Maidstone West to St. Pancras International (and vice-versa) will be scrapped.
That's quite a big deal for the many hundreds of people who rely on the service to get to and from work everyday, so you'd like to think that there'd at least be some sort of communication around it. Stuff like why it might happen, when it might happen and what the alternatives are going to be.
Given that we all pay in excess of £6k for the privilege of our commute, some kind of communication or reassurance or openness seems fair.
But, no. There's been very little. And that's an unacceptable and stupid way to work.
So, we're left with little option. We need to find our own solution to the problem. We need to find our own stupid ways to work.
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
We're not interested in marches or sending copious emails to the powers that be. They'll be ignored. Instead we want to start a transport revolution along the Kent commuter belt. As soon as people know there's a new kind of transport on the horizon they'll give us the information (and the trains) we need to get to work. Hopefully.
There are two main ways you can get involved. And you don't have to use these trains, live in Kent or contact Theresa May to do so.
1. Sharing. By far the simplest way to take part is to share this page, or our social posts.
2. Inventing. By far the most fun way is to start imagining and your own stupid way to work. You can submit an idea to firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you are feeling very inventive, draw your own and upload it to Instagram using #StupidWaysToWork. Either way, we may make it part of the series.
A lot of people already cycle to Maidstone West, so what’s another 40 or so miles? Using the power of human endeavour (and the world’s last remaining fossil fuels) we stitch 100 bikes together and away we go.
A giant wheel with giant robotic feet. It’s startling to think it hasn’t been done before. What’s more, there’s plenty of room to sit/hang. A sponsorship deal with a footwear manufacturer (Nike or Timberland) could bring season ticket costs down too.
Apart from the odd pigeon, the sky generally provides an obstacle-free route into London. Perfect for flinging commuters from one destination to another. This invention also adapts to your own travelling tastes, allowing you to pimp your pod.
WHAT'S THE AIM?
Funnily enough, it's quite simple. We want to keep our trains. To get to that stage though we first need to talk to the people who are making the decisions. Stupid Ways to Work is designed to be the start of something they can no longer ignore. Which is why the more inventions we create the more noise we can make.
Should you need even more incentive to get involved there's the possibility that we may even turn the best inventions into a book. To celebrate the fact that we've kept our trains obviously.
Who's BEHIND THE PROJECT?
LEE | INVENTOR
By day Jonathan is a Creative Lead at Havas People in London. By early morning and evening he commutes between Maidstone and St. Pancras planning how he's going to get to work in a few months time.
CRISTINA GUITIAN | ILLUSTRATOR
Cristina is an award-winning illustrator living and working in London. Her distinct style of hand-drawn characters and typography creates surreal worlds filled with hybrid creatures. Her work varies in scale, from small illustrations to large murals. Examples of her work can be found here. Photo: Jake Ellwood
GET IN TOUCH
If you've got an invention to submit, you can do so directly on Instagram and tagging it #StupidWaysToWork. Failing that you can email it directly to us. The email below is also the one to use for any other questions.