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Train and Network Controller

Train and network controllers move trains across their area of control using computerised and mechanical control systems, and liaise with other employees across the network to ensure trains run to schedule and safety standards are maintained.

Duties & Tasks
Train and network controllers may perform the following tasks:
  • operate mechanical or computerised signal equipment to control the running of trains
  • liaise with all areas of the rail system to ensure smooth running of trains
  • use computerised control systems to coordinate the safe crossing of trains and ensure they are on the right path
  • control when the trains stop and start, ensuring they arrive at their destinations on time
  • initiate and manage emergency procedures in the event of an incident, and coordinate the train network so that each train within the area remains safe.
  • Working conditions
    Train and network controllers are required to work shifts, including weekends and public holidays.
    Personal requirements
  • high-level communication skills
  • good problem-solving skills
  • able to act appropriately in emergency situations
  • able to work in a team environment
  • good memory for learning safety procedures and regulations
  • able to concentrate for long periods on detailed information
  • alert and safety-conscious.
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