Friday 3 Mar 2017
Darlington man to appear in new Channel 5 documentary series
Jerry Dickinson, who lives in Darlington and works for Network Rail in York, will appear in a new documentary which goes behind the scenes of the rail industry.
The show follows railway workers on the East Coast Main Line as they deal with major incidents which are causing disruption on the railway, carry out engineering works and help passengers.
In Monday’s episode, a train loses power on the East Coast Main Line which causes widespread disruption. Jerry, who is a route control manager, is tasked with working out the best way to stop the disruption and to fix the problem.
He said: “I’ve worked in the rail industry for 27 years and have loved every minute of it.
“In my role, every day is different and the situation can change from one moment to the next. We can deal with multiple incidents at a time ranging from signalling problems, broken down trains and extreme weather. The variety is what makes my job so enjoyable; you never know what to expect.
“I’m very keen for everyone to see the show and witness all the hard work and planning which goes into getting trains from A to B, as well as how we solve problems when things don’t go to plan. Most people don’t see what goes on behind the scenes, so it’s great to share that with the public.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the show and I know my friends and family are too, as well as others who work in the industry and rely on our decision making."
The first episode of Inside King’s Cross: The Railway will air on Channel 5 on Monday, 6 March at 9pm.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.