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Railways: Females

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 173137, tabled on 22 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2021 to Question 165645 on Railways: Females, for what reason his Department has not undertaken an estimate of the number of female train drivers.

Answered on

29 March 2021

As outlined in my answer to question 165645 we have included requirements for train operating companies within the Emergency Recovery Measure Agreements to provide the Department with diversity data across a range of characteristics, including gender comparisons.

The Department is committed to ensuring that the transport workforce better reflects our diverse society.

The government intends to publish a White Paper with details of its plans for rail reform, including its consideration of diversity within the rail workforce, when the course of the pandemic becomes clearer.