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Crossing Keeper Didcot - Thames Valley Signalling Center

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

As a crossing keeper, you’ll play a vital role in moving passengers and freight through your part of the rail network, and for the safe onward journeys of other level crossing users including cars and pedestrians.

Our crossing keeper community comes from a variety of different backgrounds, and so we’re focused on your transferrable skills and behaviours.  No formal rail experience is required, though any work you’ve done which has required concentration, is safety critical and involves communicating with others would stand you in good stead.

Main Responsibility

Every day you’ll be responsible for controlling the movement of crossing barriers that keep trains moving through on time. You’ll raise the barriers to let other users across the tracks only when it’s safe for them to do so. And you’ll be proactive in maintaining barriers and other crossing equipment, responding quickly to any faults or potential safety risks. 

Each level crossing is unique with different users, activity and equipment but safety is always paramount. You’ll play a vital role in the onward journey of all users of your level crossing. This might mean challenging unsafe behaviour or managing difficult situations.

Your skills matter and many of our crossing keepers started with no formal rail experience and have also progressed into higher grade Signaller roles. Any work you’ve done which has required concentration, is safety critical and involves communicating with others would stand you in good stead.

The Ideal Candidate

Rail experience isnt required, here's the transferrable skills you’ll need to show us as part of your application:

  • Communication – A variety of clear communication skills are essential as a crossing keeper.
  • Ability to learn – You’ll be learning on the job and will need this to work safely and confidently.
  • Ability to work alone – Every crossing keeper requires the ability to operate efficiently and make safety critical decisions confidently and independently.
  • Ability to work as part of a team – Whilst being able to work confidently alone, it is important that you are a team player.
  • Attention to detail – The role requires consistent high levels of attention but varying levels of concentration.  When things go quiet you need to be ready to spring into action.
  • Multi-Tasking – You will be expected to deal with phone calls, signal trains, block lines for maintenance work and complete administration tasks.
  • Working Under Pressure – Due to the intense and challenging events that can occur on the railway, it is crucial you are able to remain calm whilst working under pressure. 
  • Decision Making - By its nature, you need to make safety critical decisions throughout the course of your shift.

You’ll also need to be within a 60-minute commute of the location that you’re applying to work at and will need access to your own transport to allow for the different shift work.

This role involves days, nights and weekend working and the job is safety critical. Offers of employment are subject to drug and alcohol testing and passing of the relevant medical assessment and BPSS pre-employment checks. This will include a hearing and eyesight examination.

In order for your application to proceed to interview stage, you'll need to achieve a passing score on the application screening questions, as well as meeting the minimum pass benchmarks in our psychometric testing.


Package Description

Our Crossing Keeper roles are your first step into a rewarding career with Network Rail.

We're recruiting for Crossing Keepers in the Western region - Didcot

Salary from £26,485 to  £29,221

Closing date: July 19th 2022

Note on early closing - Crossing Keeper vacancies often receive high numbers of applications and we may close the vacancy early when we have reached a maximum number of applications. Please do submit your application as early as possible.

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About the Company

Are you looking to join an organisation where you do meaningful work every day? Our crossing keeper roles are your entry into a rewarding career with Network Rail.

Our role is to run a safe, reliable and efficient railway, serving customers and communities. We exist to get people and goods where they need to be and to support our country’s economic prosperity.

We're undertaking an ambitious change. Our vision is Putting Passengers First – a company that is on the side of passengers and freight users; that is easy to engage with and is an efficient and dependable partner; a company people are proud to work for; instinctively recognised as an industry leader. 

We’re an organisation where people matter. We matter to millions.


Your recruitment journey 

Here’s a short video explaining what to expect and how to prepare for your  recruitment journey  

  • Application - completed on our career's portal, you'll need an up to date CV and around 20 minutes in a safe, quiet spot where you’re comfortable typing answers to a handful of questions about your interest and understanding of the Crossing Keeper role. 

  • Identification documents - You'll need to provide your identification documents virtually; we will provide more guidance on this and how to prepare closer to the time. 

  • Assessment - You'll take part in in a psychometric test along with attending an interview to explore your skills and experiences in more detail. 

  • Offer - you'll receive a call from our Careers Team to discuss further details including salary, benefits and your medical assessment. Offers of employment are subject to drug and alcohol testing and passing of the relevant medical assessments. 

  • Pre-employment Screening - you'll need to provide some documents to prove your identity and right to work in the UK 

  • Medical assessment – Crossing Keeper is a safety critical role, so you’ll take a medical assessment before starting in the position. This will include a hearing and eye sight examination 

  • Induction - you'll receive more information about your first day. 

We’re happy to help you with any queries you may have regarding the recruitment and selection process and to listen to any reasonable adjustments you require to make you feel more comfortable. To contact us please email: support@networkrail.zendesk.com 

Everyone matters is our diversity strategy. By 2024 we will be an even more open, diverse and inclusive organisation that is better at reflecting the communities that we serve. By putting our passengers first, our strategy will help us to provide a more accessible and more inclusive experience for you. 

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd

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