Career guide & advice: finding train cleaning work in London and other major cities in the UK

For those of us trying to get a career going in the train care and cleaning service, starting with train cleaning work might be a good idea. Many of the people who work as train drivers, conductors and station staff entered the train industry as cleaners. Here’s what you should know about finding train cleaning work in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh or any other major city in the UK.

The job

Train cleaning work in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh or any other major city in the UK is challenging. However, if done well and with the right attitude, there is no reason why you cannot rise through the ranks and lead a cleaning team of your own. You can even progress and take any another station position that you really want.

The job of a train cleaner may include cleaning everything from the luggage racks to floor carpets and toilets. It is important that you adopt the right attitude whether you work night shift, daytime, evening, weekend or bank holidays. The right attitude and work ethic will help you maximise your productivity and rise through the ranks.


Train care and cleaning service wages vary, depending on the train operator you work for. Expect at least a living wage at the entry level. This should rise to at least £10 per hour with time and experience. You may also get travel benefits from operators like Northern Rail. Northern Rail gives full Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) travel benefits for all their staff.

Jobs in London

Twenty eight different train operators make up the whole National Rail network in Great Britain. Some of the operators in London include London Midland (londonmidland.com) that operates express services between London Euston, Milton Keynes and Birmingham New Street. Another operator in the capital is London Overground Rail Operations that operates services between Richmond and Stratford via Willesden Junction.

Visit the websites of these train operators and look at the "vacancies" section to see if there are any opportunities near where you live. You may also browse job sites like indeed.co.uk and simplyhired.co.uk to find jobs near where you live. Apply for job opportunities that you qualify. Hopefully, after application you will be invited for an interview and get the job.

Quick tips

If you secure train cleaning work in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh or any other city in the UK, join RMT. RMT is the union that leads the fight for fair pay for railway industry cleaners in the UK. The union will help you get fair pay and decent working conditions in the railway industry. Visit RMT website at rmt.org.uk.

If you don’t find job vacancies on train operator websites that you want, register your details with the operators’ job alert system. Most operators have a job alert system on their website. You will be notified when suitable positions become available after you register.

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