Monday 13 Mar 2017
Doncaster man to appear in new Channel 5 documentary series
Jamie Morgan, a mobile operations manager for Network Rail, 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.
Jamie has worked for Network Rail for five years but has worked in the rail industry since leaving school. In tonight’s episode, Jamie, who lives in Doncaster but is based in Sheffield, is seen dealing with an incident in which a dog has been struck and killed by a train.
He said: “Every day is different; One minute I can be checking fencing along the railway and the next I’m heading to a bridge strike.
“The variety is what keeps my job so interesting, but it does come with its downsides. Sometimes we are called to upsetting incidents, such as the one featured in the documentary.
“It’s really sad when an animal has been killed on the line. I’m an animal lover and we do our best to keep animals off the line, but sometimes they can’t be stopped.
“When this happens, I head out to try and get them back to safety. If they are injured we will always contact a vet and if they have sadly died, we will check to see if they are microchipped and reunite them with their owner.
“I hope people watch the documentary and see all the hard work which goes into running the railway and that we always try our best to deal with sensitive situations.”
The second episode of Inside King’s Cross: The Railway will air tonight on Channel 5 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 36,000 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.