Still more work to do regarding diversity in rail

There is still more work to do regarding diversity in rail. Chelsea Gipson (whom we recently met at the Train Driver Academy Conference in May)┬átells people she’s a train driver, she gets some surprising reactions.

“A lot of the time, women tend to say, ‘oh that’s brilliant’ and occasionally give me a hug. But sometimes men are a bit like, ‘really? Is that safe?'”

Chelsea works for the London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and mainly does the Leeds to London route – but drivers like her aren’t common. Most are male and predominantly over 35. In fact, according to the trade union Aslef, only 6.5% of drivers across England, Scotland and Wales are women.

Find out more about Chelsea’s story┬áby clicking here.


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