South Holland's ex-rail signallers called on to help passenger services continue running
Retired and former rail signal workers in South Holland, the Deepings and Bourne are being asked to help keep trains running during the coronavirus crisis.
Network Rail is looking to staff who have left their railway jobs to consider coming back so that signal boxes and control centres across the south Lincolnshire area can stay open around the clock.
Transport workers, including rail freight and passenger staff, were included in the Government's list of people still allowed to carry on in their roles during the COVID-19 emergency.
Chris Gee, Network Rail's head of operations for the eastern region, said: "We are working hard to keep vital services in place so as to get key workers to their jobs and keep food and medical supplies across the country moving.
"We are appealing for signallers who have retired, moved on to other careers at Network Rail or left the railway sector to come back and help us keep signal boxes and control centres open.
"Signallers are crucial to keeping the railway open and we need more former workers to help us provide back-up if some of our staff are unable to work.
"Full re-training will be given as it is important to prepare for the next few weeks when former signallers can provide crucial cover if some members of the workforce need to self-isolate."
Anyone interested should email RetiredSignallersEasternRegion@networkrail.co.uk