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A Network Rail track worker from Saltburn-by-the-Sea has moved house during the Coronavirus crisis so that she can carry out her role as a key worker.
Jennifer Hayton, who has worked for Network Rail for six months, is a track operative.
Part of her job involves inspecting the track and repairing faults to make sure that trains can continue to run safely so her role can not be done from home.
Jennifer was previously living with her Mum, who has an underlying health condition and has been asked to self isolate for 12 weeks.
To protect her Mum’s health and make sure she can continue to carry out her role, Jennifer took the decision to move out and has now rented a flat in Gateshead.
Keeping the railway running during the pandemic is vital as freight trains make sure shelves are stocked, and other key workers can continue to get to work.
“It was really important for me to be able to carry on going out on track as it’s a key part of my role and something which I wanted to continue with, however, I didn’t want to do anything which could impact on my Mum’s health, so I made the decision to move out. My line manager has been really supportive throughout this process, which has really helped.
“Moving home has brought some challenges, for example I don’t yet have WiFi in my new home, however my neighbours have been fantastic and given me their code, which has really helped me out!
“I think it’s important that everyone pulls together during this difficult time which is why I wanted to play my part in helping to keep the railway, and Britain, running.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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