Railways Illustrated

Avanti West Coast seeks 40 new drivers

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AVANTI WEST Coast is seeking to recruit 40 new train drivers during 2022, with the West Coast Main Line operator operator saying it wants to encourage more people, especially women, to consider train driving as a realistic career to pursue. Applicatio­ns for the first 10 positions opened in January, and more than 1000 people signed up to take part in an online question-and-answer session featuring recently qualified London-based driver Hayley Richardson. She is a former detective constable with Cambridges­hire Police and has taken the opportunit­y to change her career.

Avanti West Coast head of drivers, Richard Morrow, said: “Train driving is a wonderful career – one that carries a lot of responsibi­lity and job satisfacti­on.

“While the applicatio­n process is competitiv­e, if you think you have what it takes, then we’d love to hear from you.”

Candidates need to be aged over 20 years and six months of age, live within an hour of their designated depot, and meet the required medical standards. Further posts are expected to be advertised by the company in June for depots in the Midlands and North West. A dedicated webpage offering help and advice to people thinking about train driving as a career, with the option to sign up for job alerts, has been set up by the company and can be found at: www.avantiwest­coast.co.uk/about-us/careers/ train-driver-recruitmen­t

 ?? Avanti West Coast/tom Stevenson ?? Avanti West Coast is recruiting 40 new train drivers during 2022. Class 390 Pendolino 390156 heads along the West Coast Main Line at Anstey – could you be who Avanti is looking for to drive one of its trains?
Avanti West Coast/tom Stevenson Avanti West Coast is recruiting 40 new train drivers during 2022. Class 390 Pendolino 390156 heads along the West Coast Main Line at Anstey – could you be who Avanti is looking for to drive one of its trains?

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