NETWORK Rail is calling on former or retired signallers in the Western route area to help keep the railway moving during the coronavirus crisis.

The organisation continues to work around the clock, keeping signal boxes and control centres operational.

This allows passengers who cannot work from home to get to work and keeps freight services on the move, which helps deliver important goods, such as medical supplies and food to hospitals and supermarkets.

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For those thinking of returning to the railway as signallers, there is no limit on how long ago they may have worked in that role, even if it was 10-15 years, as the appropriate accelerated refresher training will be provided.

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Network Rail is also interested to hear from former signallers who have worked on preserved railways, in addition to those former railway colleagues who do not have direct signaller experience.

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Mike Gallop, route director for Network Rail, Western, said:“Keeping our passengers, customers and colleagues safe and the efficient running of the railway are key aspects to Network Rail at all times and this has never been more true than now.

“Throughout this pandemic we have maintained a safe and reliable network across the Western route, and indeed across the whole country.”

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In the first instance, those who would like to express an interest are asked to email, briefly outlining their experience.