Train Driver

Train Driver

The importance of Train Drivers in the Rail sector is not to be underestimated – without them, neither passengers nor freight would get to their destinations. Train drivers are responsible for following safety regulations and effectively communicating with passengers and station staff. If you’re practically minded and don’t want to be stuck in an office, then a career as a Train Driver could be for you.

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Average Salary

£35,000 - £60,000

Work Location


What does this role involve?

Typical duties include:

  • Starting, stopping, controlling the speed of the train and making sure it stays on schedule
  • Following strict safety procedures and responding quickly to potential hazards
  • Monitoring the train – such as speed, temperature and fuel levels
  • Communicating with passengers and crew


  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Decision-making
  • Safety awareness


  • GCSE grades A*-C
  • Level 2 NVQ / Diploma or equivalent Intermediate Apprenticeship in Driver-related subject
  • Relevant Driver-specific health and safety qualifications

Example Qualifications

  • Level 2 Award
  • Level 2 Certificate
  • Level 2 Diploma
  • Level 2 NVQ
  • Level 2 National Certificate
  • Level 2 National Diploma


  • East Anglia: £29,494
  • East Midlands: £29,938
  • London: £31,496
  • North East: £28,199
  • North West: £29,108
  • Scotland: £27,615
  • South East: £29,410
  • South West: £28,690
  • Wales: £26,254
  • West Midlands: £29,025
  • Yorkshire The Humber £29,014

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