Joseph: Train Planner at Govia Thameslink Railway

Joseph: Train Planner at Govia Thameslink Railway

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I love my role in Train Planning. I’m on a placement from uni and I’ve been with GTR for nearly a year. It’s a great opportunity to learn all aspects of the job while I study for my degree in Business Logistics and Transport Management.

I work on planning timetables, announcements, engineering work and traincrew rotas. The team plans all functionalities to run a train service and that includes making sure the trains are where they need to be with the correct number of carriages.

It’s a different challenge every day and you’re always busy. I work alongside a lot of people with years of experience so I’m learning a lot from them.

One of my usual responsibilities is chairing the event planning group for the south, so I’m involved in making sure we run additional services to support big events and manage large crowds, such as the Brighton and Crystal Palace football matches. We work with station teams and stakeholders to ensure we have the right number of services to carry the influx of people. As an Arsenal fan, it’s interesting to be on the other side and see how additional services are run for supporters using Finsbury Park station!

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