Virgin receives more than 15,000 applications for Azuma drivers
More than 15,000 potential train drivers have applied to drive Virgin’s new fleet of Azuma trains.
Virgin said the applications, which closed on 14 October, equated to nearly 200 for each of the 78 posts, the biggest recruitment drive on the East Coast route since the 1980s.
The successful applicants will begin a year-long training programme in January 2017, with classroom and on-the-job training, covering areas including getting to know the traction they will be driving, track safety and emergency situations.
A spokesperson for Virgin Trains said: “We have received a huge amount of interest in this fantastic opportunity at Virgin Trains on its East Coast route.”
The applications are a sign of huge interest in the new trains, which will enter operation in 2018. The 65 Azumas, which Virgin unveiled in March, are capable of reaching 125mph in four and a half minutes.
(Image c. Virgin)
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