Network Rail’s Western route is celebrating the hard work of all the fabulous mothers working on the railway, who balance being a full time mum with careers in an industry which runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – including times when most people are enjoying time off with their families, such as Christmas, Easter and bank holidays.

Working on the railway is challenging, interesting and exciting, and managing railway life and family life can be a fine art.

Samantha Patterson, sponsor for electrification based in Swindon explains: “Getting the balance between work and family life is not always easy. However, when you work bank holidays and over Christmas and Easter, knowing that you’re doing a good job and making the railway a better place makes it all worth it in the end.

“My daughters are really proud of me for working on the railway. Being a woman in the industry shows them that equality is out there for everybody. Being able to be part of something which is changing the way that we travel in the UK is something that is really special to me, and it’s also important to my two girls.”

Sarah Fraser is a project manager from Bristol, working on schemes such as the remodelling of the busy Westbury junction in Wiltshire which took place over Christmas 2018.

Sarah says: “Sometimes it is quite challenging; I work evenings and weekends when we’re working when the railway is shut, but whenever I do that, I can have time off in lieu during the week. This allows me to spend even more time with my three-year-old son, as he isn’t in school yet.

“The good thing about working on the railway is that it’s very easy for him to relate to. He knows what diggers and dozers are, and he can play ‘mummy’s job’ because what I do is build railway tracks.”

Network Rail welcomes employees from diverse backgrounds, and the skills and experiences that mums bring to the team are invaluable. With flexible working hours available if required, and an inclusive family-friendly policy, Network Rail looks forward to welcoming mums and dads to the railway family for many years to come.

For more information on working with Network Rail, including current vacancies please visit: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/careers/