Meet the women keeping our country moving

A blog for International Women's Day.

Rail staff continue to work under challenging conditions to make sure those who are travelling and vital freight loads get to where they are needed.

On International Women’s Day, meet some of the women who are keeping our country moving.

Paige Lunn
Train Driver, Southern

Paige Lunn

“I haven’t been treated any differently just because I’m a woman – I was the only female in my training class but that didn’t bother me. I’d love more women to join us, so what are you waiting for?”
Emma Watson
Station Manager, Network Rail

Emma Watson

“Everyone is so motivated to do the right thing for staff and for passengers and without the collaboration or the support of my team, I just couldn’t have done it.”
Beau Hawkins
Train Driver, Great Northern

Beau Hawkins

“For females young or old that are reading this, I would highly recommend a career as a train driver.”
Annila Saghir
Train Manager, LNER

Annila Saghir

“I felt a sense of pride, taking NHS staff and other key workers up and down the country”
Tori Weightman
Train driver, LNER

Tori Weightman

“I am so very lucky to have found my way onto the railway, the opportunities it has presented to me and the stability it has provided my family is a wonderful thing in this day and age.”
Bobby Andrews
Train Manager, Avanti West Coast

Bobby Andrews

“It’s a really tough and challenging job but I work with great people. I have been working the same route for many years and because I see the same customers on our services – there is a sense of community. You become part of their lives and I Iove that.”
Jolene Miller
Train Driver, Northern
Jolene Miller

“It’s been so surreal, I can’t believe it, I’m really proud but still in shock. There’s still lots of people I know working in the NHS and fighting coronavirus day in day out while I spent a few months working back in a hospital. I just wanted to use the skills I had.”
Cara Marsh
Station Manager, Transport for Wales Rail

Cara Marsh

“It has been my responsibility to ensure that we have put in place as many mitigations as necessary to keep staff in work and most importantly safe!”
Kelly-Joe Ballard
Train driver, Southeastern
Kelly-Joe Ballard

“It doesn’t matter what gender you are or what background you come from, if you have the will and determination to become a train driver, there really is nothing stopping you."
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