Channel 5 documentary highlights Lincolnshire’s railway ties: Stewart McGrath, a mobile operations manager for Network Rail

Monday 27 Mar 2017

Channel 5 documentary highlights Lincolnshire’s railway ties

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A new documentary which goes behind the scenes of the rail industry has highlighted just how strong Lincolnshire’s ties with the railway are.

Inside King’s Cross: The Railway is a four-part series which offers viewers a sneak-peak behind the scenes and shows all the hard work that goes into keeping trains running and on time.

Thomas O’Boyle, a signaller for Network Rail in Claypole has already appeared in the show and in this week’s episode, Stewart McGrath, a mobile operations manager based in Grantham will be featured.

Stewart, who has worked for Network Rail for 27 years, is filmed as he talks about the various roles which he carries out day to day, as well as discussing the difficult subject of suicide.

He said: “In my time working for Network Rail, I’ve sadly seen incidents where people have lost their lives.

“We undertake training to be able to spot vulnerable people as well as the actions that we can take to help them. We work closely with the Samaritans to provide us with the tools we need to help those who are in distress.

“This training is really useful and I have been able to prevent people from taking their own lives. I once received a thank you note from a man’s sister who I had chatted to when he was considering committing suicide. It’s nice to know that I can help people who need it.”

The final episode of Inside the Railway: King’s Cross airs tonight at 21:00 on Channel 5.

If you need to talk to someone please visit Samaritans’ webpage or call them free on 116 123.

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