More than 200 new freight train drivers completed their training in 2014, Rail Freight Group (RFG) figures have shown.
The UK’s four largest freight operators – DB Schenker, GB Railfreight, Freightliner and Direct Rail Services – trained 201 new drivers in 2014 and have already confirmed a further 100 posts next year.
According to RFG, most of these had been recruited ‘off the street’ before undergoing several months of intensive training.
Maggie Simpson, RFG executive director, said: “At a time when the logistics sector is facing a skills shortage in some areas, it is encouraging to see the rail freight operators step up to the mark, and make a significant investment in strengthening their driver resources.
“The new recruits can now enjoy a rewarding career in a vibrant and growing sector.”