UK: Network Rail Launches Appeal for Signallers

United Kingdom: Network Rail has launched an appeal in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk as well as Scotland for former signallers and controllers to return to the industry to help keep key transport links open during the coronavirus pandemic.

The individuals Network Rail is trying to recruit may have retired or moved to different positions within the industry. It says it will provide full refresher training for those interested. The railways are providing vital passenger services for key workers as well as essential freight supplies, such as food and medical equipment.

Signaller in Scotland
A signaller in Scotland

Although all signal boxes and control centres are currently operating normally, Network Rail says it wants to build up a pool of experienced individuals who can be ready to step in should current staff need to self-isolate over the course of this pandemic.

Ross Moran, Head of Opeations, Network Rail Scotland Route, said:

“Everyone in Scotland's Railway is working hard to make sure we keep passenger services and freight trains carrying vital food and medicine supplies on the move.

“We are appealing for signallers and controllers who've recently retired or moved to other careers to come back and support the railway – and country – during the peak of the pandemic.

“These roles are vital to keep the railway open and we want to make sure we have as many staff as possible available during this crucial time.”

Any former professional signallers who’re interested should email [email protected] or [email protected].

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