300 engineering jobs created to help deliver a better railway for Britain

Network Rail is creating more than 300 skilled engineering jobs in the next year to help deliver some of Britain’s most vital rail infrastructure projects.  The projects will help transform the capital’s transport system and bring about massive improvements for passengers and freight users across the country.

As schemes such as Thameslink, Crossrail and Reading advance, there is a need to bring on-board more skilled specialists and project engineers to deliver these value-for-money schemes. The roles will be varied across many specialisms including civils, signalling, electrical and general project management.

Iain Coucher, Network Rail chief executive said: “Creating these jobs and bolstering our engineering talent will help us deliver the better railway that is vital for the economic prosperity of this country. The work they will do will transform how people travel across the capital and make a massive difference to passengers and freight users right across Britain.”

Mr Coucher also echoed comments made earlier in the year about attracting more talented women to the industry: “We want the best to work for us – both men and women – and I hope that as we continue to show our modern business and the opportunities that we offer that we can attract exceptional women to apply for these roles and be part of something fantastic.”

Liz Wilson, project manager on the Thameslink programme commented on her experience: “I’m working in a really exciting industry with tremendous opportunities to work on critical projects for the economy. Knowing that every day I’m helping to build a better railway for the people of Britain is really rewarding. There are great opportunities for both men and women in this industry and I hope by talking about my role I can persuade more exceptional women to get involved and use their skills to full advantage.”