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Operative [Track Maintenance]

Network Rail
Carnforth, GB
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Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Transport and Logistics
Manual Skilled
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

About Network Rail

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Network Rail operates and maintains the railway infrastructure 24/7 365 days a year. Our purpose is to connect people and goods with where they need to be and our vision is for a simpler, better, greener railway.

You will be part of the NW&C Region which consist of three routes:

North West Route, covering Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria.

Central Route, covering the West Midlands and Chiltern areas.

West Coast South Route, covering the south of Crewe to London Euston.

There is also a Regional Team which supports Regional Major Programmes & Professional services.

To find out more about us - Take a look here!

For us, Diversity' means recognising differences between people while valuing the contribution they make. Inclusion means creating safe and welcoming workplaces with fair cultures that encourages innovative and fresh ways of thinking.

We value the commitments you may have outside of work and will consider flexible and hybrid working applications. If we can make it work we will! Please click here for more information.
Brief Description

Youll help keep our nation moving every single day.

A critical part of the work we do is the daily up-keep of the rail network. As an operative youll work outdoors in a small team, supporting essential maintenance to keep the railway running safely and smoothly for passengers and freight users.

Our operative community comes from a variety of different backgrounds, and this might be the first time that youve even considered a career in rail. Were focused on your transferrable skills and behaviours and if you can demonstrate that, then we will provide you with all the necessary training to have you working safely and competently out on the network.

Please Note: There may be a requirement to work on call in this role if you opt to take the GTRM IMC25 contract.

The role can be based from Carlisle, Carnforth, Appleby or Cumbrian Coast.
About the role (External)

Youll be responsible for maintaining, inspecting, and repairing the track network, (also known as the Permanent Way or P-Way) to keep the railway safe and efficient. This is a very manual role as youll be working with rails, sleepers and ballast that support the trains, together with their associated drainage and ancillary structures.

You matter to us

Your commitment to self-development and continuous learning is hugely important in this role and we'll provide you with all the training to develop both technical skills and non-technical skills. Todays Operatives are tomorrows Technicians and we offer a clear career path for you.

Your skills matter

Teamworking Our maintenance teams rely on your hard work and you will play an important role within the team. Being able to organise and control the safe and efficient delivery of work is vital.

Communication A variety of clear communication skills to deliver instructions to the team and other colleagues are essential so work can be completed safely and effectively.

Working under pressure Working outdoors in all conditions, and with trains passing close by means youll need to remain calm under pressure.

Following rules and Instructions It is important that you have knowledge of Track inspection, faulting, maintenance and renewal techniques to follow daily work instructions. Being familiar with maintenance standards and procedures would be advantageous.

Technical skills you must have technical knowledge of the discipline you are applying for and know about construction management processes. Systems and standards would be advantageous, as well as previously achieved (or be working towards) an NVQ level 2 (or equivalent) in a relevant subject or gained through equivalent relevant experience, will help you excel in the role.

It matters that this is the right role for you.

Heres some additional information which might help you.

Shifts Operative roles involve a changing shift pattern including days, nights, and weekends.

Outdoor working - Our operatives work outside in all weathers and so youll be comfortable working in different conditions.

Safe working - offers of employment are subject to drug and alcohol testing and passing of the relevant medical assessment and BPSS pre-employment checks. This will include a hearing and eyesight examination.

Driving - As an operative youll also need a driving licence (category B) so you can drive Network Rail vehicles.

Commute times Youll also need to be within a 60-minute commute of the location that youre applying for.


Every day, 4.8 million people use our network. Keeping Britain moving and building a better railway for the future is full of challenges – but also tremendous opportunities.

From our commitments to your development, our range of benefits and our approach to Diversity & Inclusion, we believe there are many reasons to join the team at Network Rail.

We’re proactive in empowering employees with the knowledge to help them progress. We encourage all our employees to be ambitious, and offer great training and career development opportunities. As the railway becomes bigger and more technologically advanced, it’s crucial that our employees have the right skills to develop their careers and meet the challenges ahead.

We believe that investing in our people is one of the most effective ways of improving the safety, reliability and efficiency of the railway.

We also know that it’s vital to get each individual’s training programme just right. As well as helping us to meet our immediate needs, we believe this is an approach that encourages people to stay with us and develop their careers.

Your health, wellbeing and benefits

We believe that safety and performance go hand in hand and this doesn’t just mean safety on the railway! We are committed to the wellbeing of our employees and believe, that should come first.

We provide access to support services such as our employee assistance program to help you with finances, family, health and wellbeing. In addition to this, we offer excellent benefits, are sensitive to work-life balance and encourage our employees to use their 5 volunteer days for their favourite causes.

We have a range of benefits including:

  • 28 days annual leave entitlement.
  • My benefits – Our discounted online shopping site.
  • A range of discounted offers including, childcare vouchers, Healthcare offers – cycle to work, healthcare club discounted membership and other benefits.
  • Subsidies of up to 75% on rail and underground season tickets.
  • A range of pension schemes.
  • 2 weeks paid reserve leave for our Armed Forces community.

What Diversity and Inclusion means to us

‘Diversity’ means recognising differences between people while valuing the contribution they make. ‘Inclusion’ means creating safe and welcoming workplaces with fair cultures that encourages innovative and fresh ways of thinking.

Our aspiration is that the behaviours and actions that support diversity and inclusion will come from the conviction of everyone here at Network Rail – making diversity and inclusion a conscious part of how we run our business throughout Britain.

Disability Confident Leader

Network Rail is an accredited Disability Confident Leader. This means, where a disabled applicant meets the essential criteria for any of our vacancies, they will receive an interview.

Find out more about our recruitment process here

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