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Rail union highlights ‘glaring gap’ in driver diversity

Rail union Aslef has published a report underlining the lack of female, BAME and younger train drivers in Britain.

Only 6.5% of train drivers in are women; just 8% are from an ethnic minority; and only 15% are under the age of 35.

Mick Whelan, Aslef general secretary, said: “I want to see fewer people who look like me.”

He added: “These percentage ­figures do not represent the communities we serve because 51% of the people in this country are female; 20% in the last census identifi­ed as ethnic minority; and 23% are aged 18 to 35.”

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July 10, 2019

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