Flying Scotswoman’ crewed with all female staff celebrates International Women’s Day

Edinburgh-London service with all female crew and two carriages of women employees

LNER will be rebranding the famous Flying Scotsman service as the Flying Scotswoman service for an exclusive Edinburgh to London service on Friday to mark International Women’s Day 2020.

To demonstrate their commitment to gender diversity, the Flying Scotswoman will have an all-female crew, and all platform staff along the route will also be exclusively female.

LNER is calling on the rail industry to encourage more women to consider a career in the rail industry, following research that found 85 per cent of women of working age in the UK have never considered a career in rail.

Its poll of women across the UK found the primary reason women are not considering the rail industry for their career is due to the perceived lack of a match between their skills and the jobs the sector offers, with six out of 10 women saying the industry is not relevant to their skills or expertise.

Launching the results of the research on International Women’s Day, LNER’s People Director Karen Lewis said the rail industry needs to work harder to promote itself to women, who are missing out on a rich source of career opportunities.

Since taking over the East Coast route in 2018, LNER has demonstrated a track record in its commitment to successfully recruit more women into the business. In addition to a gender diversity split currently at 42 per cent (against an industry average of 16%), half of its Executive Board is also female.

The research found that, at a time of significant investment and progression in the rail industry across the UK, many women are unaware of the benefits that come from working in the industry. More than half (52 per cent) of women say that if they were aware of a competitive salary rate and benefits in the industry, they would be more attracted to applying for roles.

LNER has a strong and diverse workforce across a variety of roles within the business including engineers, drivers, digital innovators, travel advisers, business analysts, dispatchers, chefs and legal and finance managers – all of which are critical in keeping services on the iconic East Coast route running.

The Flying Scotswoman service will debut its new livery on Friday 6th March on the 05:40 service from Edinburgh Waverley to London King’s Cross calling at Newcastle at 07:05, carrying just a handful of the 42% of staff made up by women at LNER. The train will retain its new livery for the month of March.

The maiden journey will culminate in a photograph moment at London King’s Cross featuring as many women who can make it along on the day.