A shortage of engineers in the rail industry could derail ambitious plans to
improve the infrastructure and rolling stock.
A report by specialist recruiters Wynnwith Engineering claims the safety
crisis on the railways has damaged the image of the industry and is deterring
engineers and graduates from seeking jobs in the sector.
Its managing director Andy Pendlebury, said while attention had been focused
on safety, rolling stock and the infrastructure investment, "Attracting
the people to carry out the work could be the real challenge"
A Railtrack spokesperson said, "We announced in December that we needed
to recruit more engineers, but it is not in safety critical work."
The report was based on interviews with 25 rail companies.