ScotRail to recruit up to 100 additional train drivers

Friday 18th September 2015

ScotRail have announced plans to recruit up to 100 trainee drivers at depots across Scotland in order to allow the rail service to expand its timetables and to introduce faster trains.

Phil Vestor, ScotRail Alliance’s managing director said: “We’re investing in Scotland’s railways by modernising trains, expanding timetables and adding journey options – and recruiting a large group of new drivers is vital to make these improvements possible.”

Derek Mackay, Scottish Transport Minister said: “The Scottish government is investing record levels in Scotland’s railways with a £5bn package to upgrade trains, track and services across the country.

“Key investment in infrastructure, such as the recent historic reopening of the Borders Railway and our substantial programme of electrification, are only part of the story.

“The staff who keep our railways running are a key asset and I am delighted to launch this unprecedented, nationwide recruitment drive that will create up to 100 new train driver jobs.”

The proposals have also been welcomed by Aslef, the train drivers’ union.

Clare Moore from Gordons says “the proposal to recruit additional train drivers can only be a good thing for both rail customers in Scotland and the Scottish economy.”

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