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CO4 Engineering Works Planning Clerk

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Main Purpose

  • As directed by the Major Possession Planning Manager compile and distribute, to required timescales, effective and efficient capacity studies for engineering work on Network Rail Wessex Route and other areas in which South Western Railway operate. This is to be done in accordance with resource availability, operational, commercial and other business requirements for all operators involved.
  • As directed by the Major Possessions Planning Manager compile and distribute to required timescales effective and efficient engineering work service specifications with timetables and bus arrangements.
  • Working with other internal and external stakeholders impacted by engineering work
  • When undertaking capacity studies, develop plans which take due cognisance of other spheres of planning activity liaising as necessary with corresponding team members to produce the optimum overall plan.
  • Take part in reviews of engineering work plans to inform future occurrences of similar possessions and train plans
  • Assist Engineering Planning Team in periods without capacity study requirement with production of engineering work summaries.
  • Assist with other activities within the Train Planning team as required by the Train Planning Manager.
  • Act as a positive role model at all times in matters relating to Health and Safety.

Principal Accountabilities

As Engineering Planning Clerk CO4 your primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Deliver capacity studies , co-ordinate with Network Rail other TOCs and FOCs as necessary to agreed timescales reflecting Engineering Access Statement, Draft & Confirmed Period Possession Plans, Informed Traveller and other industry and company operational production process deadlines as directed by the Major Possessions Planning Manager
  • Compile capacity studies to the agreed level of detail in accordance with commercial specifications and the Capacity Study Matrix, ensuring that laid down best practice quality standards and timescales are met optimising the balance between customer service, productivity, resource availability and good working practices.
  • Obtaining key requirements from other operators and Network Rail
  • Identify and advise requirements for any unusual movements in the capacity studies.
  • Tracking capacity studies through from request to delivery, submission, sign-off to forming part of the Engineering Specification sent to the South Western Railway STP Team
  • Understanding of the Decision Criteria set out in Network Code Part D
  • Ensure the effective and correct provision of rolling stock and train crew is considered in capacity studies

Minimum Requirements

  • Educated to GCSE level or equivalent.
  • As appropriate to the duties being undertaken a good knowledge of:
    • engineering access planning process
    • timetabling techniques
    • rolling stock diagramming and associated operational requirements
    • traincrew diagramming and the associated conditions of drivers and guards
  • Understand the nature off all subsections of train planning, how they interlink and impact on each other.
  • A good knowledge of South Western Railway Geography

Working Pattern

Monday – Friday, office hours

Applicants who require a visa, must have at least 6 months remaining at the time of their appointment.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a variety of valuable benefits including free duty and leisure travel on SWR services for employee, free leisure travel for spouse/partner and dependants (criteria dependant) , 75% discount on many other train operating companies, a range of retail benefits and an excellent pension scheme.


At SWR we believe our people are our greatest asset.

Our vision is to recruit and retain the best talent from the most diverse pool of candidates across our regions.

We are committed to establishing a sense of inclusion for all and to value each person for the unique contribution they bring.

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South Bank Central
30 Stamford Street, South Bank, London, England, SE1 9LQ
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  • Company:
    South Western Railway
  • Website Skillset:
    All Other Roles
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent - Full Time
  • Contracted Hours:
  • Location:
    South Bank Central
  • Salary:
    £29,114 per annum plus regional allowance of £2,122 per annum
  • Closing Date:
    17 February 2023
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