Network Rail’s Upgrade Plan brings jobs to the East Midlands

Published on : Friday, June 17, 2016

3916c7f2e13d4da3b453af01febc4e85As many as 88 jobs are set to be created by Network Rail in Derby as part of the organisation’s Railway Upgrade Plan in the East Midlands.


Two different teams within Network Rail are looking to expand their workforce, including the team behind the Midland Main Line route upgrade which will see the line between Sheffield and London St Pancras electrified and journey times improved by 2023.

The other team will support the new technology for plain line pattern recognition based, in part, on the New Measurement Train (NMT) – dubbed ‘the flying banana’ because of its distinctive yellow colour – a piece of highly sophisticated monitoring equipment which takes high definition photographs of the track while traveling at over 100mph to provide track engineers with information about possible faults. While a small number of jobs are based on the train itself, the majority are office based data analysis roles, with the jobs to be advertised in stages over the coming months.

The vacancies, which are split around 50/50 between the two teams, vary in terms of expertise and experience required, and range between technical clerks and document controllers to commercial and construction managers.

Gary Walsh, area director for Network Rail in the East Midlands, said: “This is fantastic news for Derby. The work we’re doing in terms of maintenance to the existing railway to keep its reliability high and the infrastructure projects to bring electrification and quicker journeys to the Midland Main Line means that we need people with a range of skills, backgrounds and experience. This is a genuinely exciting time to be working on the railway, particularly on big projects which will improve rail travel in the East Midlands for generations to come.”

Source:- Network Rail

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