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The apprentices specialise in track, signalling and telecoms, electrification and plant, property works and mechanical locking. They will work under supervision in teams gaining vital experience over the next two years as they train to become maintenance technicians. They will return to HMS Sultan for further courses and training throughout this time.
Steve Featherstone, director of maintenance at Network Rail said: "Britain relies on rail so it is vital to invest in our people and our future with apprenticeships. We're training the next generation of specialists with the latest technology to deliver this success in a modern, efficient way – it's a career that brings great value to Britain.
"Learning on-the-job with experienced teams enables our apprentices to understand the industry and their role far better than they can in just a classroom. Once the training is complete, they are already an important team member helping to deliver a better railway for everyone."
The number of trains arriving on time hit a new record high for May with almost 94% of trains across the country arriving punctually.
Passengers have enjoyed the best train punctuality ever recorded¹ on Britain's railways as 91.5% of train services arrived on time over the past year (1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010). The highest since records began almost 20 years ago (1992).
Plans to develop one of the most sustainable office buildings in the country were given the go-ahead as Network Rail's new national centre received the stamp of approval from Milton Keynes' planning authority.
Virgin passengers have given a big thumbs up to the trains, staff and value for money for price of ticket, but they have made clear they desperately want to see the same standards at stations. These details are contained in the latest National Passenger Survey from rail watchdog Passenger Focus.
Train punctuality and reliability over the autumn hit record levels this year with delays caused by infamous, 'leaves on the line', cut by 40%.
Passengers have flocked to Virgin Trains in record numbers in the first full year of the Virgin High Frequency (VHF) service. Under VHF, launched on 14 December 2008, Virgin Trains has carried 25.4 million customers, attracted by the 30 percent step-up in train frequency and faster journey times.
Iain Coucher, chief executive said: “The interim results for the half year to 30 September 2009 show good financial performance. Revenue figures are in line with regulatory targets for the current funding period (2009-14).
Great Britain's rail infrastructure operator, Network Rail, today announces changes in the way it is run, enhancing transparency and accountability. This follows a 16-month-long review of governance conducted by its members.
The first month of the difficult autumnal period has seen record performance for Britain's trains as Network Rail today released the latest train performance results which saw 90.2% of trains arriving on time.
Following the introduction of a new West Coast timetable last year, there are relatively few changes this December with the basic pattern of service remaining the same.