Network Rail has declared its plans to appoint 50% more women in the next five years as part of its promise to equality and diversity.
The organisation has vowed to hire the same numbers of female and male apprentices and graduates, in addition to offering facilities to change “for all genders” on its locations. The five-year business plan of £47 billion, which has been recommended to the Office of Rail and Road also commits Network Rail to the largest hiring of female employees in the railways’ history.
The company is expecting to raise the count of women staff from 6400 to over 9500. The plan has witnessed a 25% rise in base funding on the initial period. It lays emphasis on staff well-being and mental health as well as the huge investment in developing Britain’s present railways. They said that by the end of 2019, they have pledged to arrange for enough toilet and changing amenities for all genders at all the sites in the country.
They went on to say that no train will release toilets on the track by 2019, which will largely better the working atmosphere of their employees and aid them to offer a place of work that has respect and dignity.
Network Rail informed that minimum 25% of its budget had been reserved to ameliorate infrastructure after large development projects in the former 5-year plan.
As per the report Network rail released detailing the information on their 5-year plan, a drastic increase in the number of services every year indicated that more passengers could encounter problems in case of an unexpected occurrence on the network, and framed a number of improvements to control the issue.
It is expected that by 2021, there will be approximately 350,000 more services every year than the present day, which is average of an extra 1,000 services per day.
A new digital system is to replace the phasing out of analogue signaling. It aims to exceptionally decrease the instances of hold ups caused by the failure of signal. It would also permit higher number of services to run with increased safety and at a cheaper rate.
The report further added that new trains will also be equipped with technology to find out defects on the track and would be able to inform the control centre, leading the track to be fixed rapidly and end time lags. Network Rail said that by 2021 there will be seven thousand new carriages fitted with this technology.
The firm also came up with a list of a number of environmental commitments, comprising of decreasing energy consumption by 18%, increasing biodiversity on the railways and cutting down carbon emissions by 25%. Network Rail further pledged to set up drinking fountains and free toilets at stations under its control. The plan mentioned that they have listened to their passengers and will make the use of toilet facilities free-of-cost at all of their managed stations, and they will also launch water fountains to reduce the use of plastic.
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