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Appeal for retired rail workers to come back to help keep trains running

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Network Rail is appealing for former professional signallers across the region to help make sure the railway can continue running during the coronavirus crisis.

The company says it's working hard to keep signal boxes and control centres across the region open 24/7, allowing key workers such as doctors and nurses to continue travelling to work and vital food and medical supplies to transported via freight.

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Signallers make sure the railway operates safely and allow trains to run. Network Rail is appealing for retired signallers, or those who have moved to other careers in the railway industry to get in touch.

“We’re working hard to get key workers to their jobs and to transport food and medical supplies around the country. Signallers are crucial to keep this going and we need former workers to help us provide back-up if some of our staff can’t come to work.

“We’re appealing for signallers who’ve retired, moved on to other careers or left the railway to come back and help us keep signal boxes and control centres open. Full re-training will be given.”

– avid Davidson, Network Rail