A father and son duo have been helping Network Rail to upgrade the railway and keep critical supplies and key workers moving during the Covid-19 crisis. Howerd Kernahan, a senior programme manager for Network Rail and his son Rafael, who is a track worker for ISS Labour, are part of the Central Rail Systems Alliance that has been improving the Wigan-Kirkby line over three weekends. Laying 1km of new track through the 172 year old Upholland Tunnel in West Lancashire, the line is used by both passenger and freight trains moving between Merseyside and Greater Manchester.
Howerd, a former officer in the Royal Engineers said “I strongly believe it is important I’m out there on the track leading my team at this difficult time. I feel honoured that my son and I can be part of the wider railway doing our bit to keep critical supplies and key workers moving in Britain’s hour of need.”
This article originally appeared in RailStaff April 2020