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Train and Tram Drivers

Job holders in this unit group drive diesel, diesel-electric, electric and steam locomotives that transport passengers and goods on surface and underground railways, and transport passengers in trams.

More about this Career

Average Salary


New workers start around £26001. Normal pay is £49455 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £80940.



Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full and part-time jobs.

Daily Tasks

  • May check travel passes, collect fares and deal with passenger queries.
  • May make passenger announcements and controls automatic doors.
  • Maintains radio contact with control centre.
  • Makes scheduled stops for the loading and unloading of freight and coupling/uncoupling of carriages and tubs.
  • Stops as directed to allow passengers to embark/ disembark.
  • Watches for track hazards, observes signals and temperature, pressure and other gauges.
  • Starts train or tram when directed and operates controls to regulate speed.
  • Checks safety equipment, regulates the heating of passenger compartments and records engine defects or unusual incidents on the journey.
  • Checks controls, gauges, brakes and lights before start of journey and studies route, timetable and track information.

Skills Employers are looking for

Soft Skills

Soft skills are non-technical skills that include how you interact with colleagues, solve problems, and manage your work

  • Active Listening


  • Reading Comprehension


  • Speaking


  • Learning Strategies


  • Active Learning


  • Critical Thinking


  • Monitoring


  • Writing


  • Mathematics


  • Science


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