Just looking for your opinions on whether Southwest trains or Greater Anglia would be the better company to work for and why.
What are the pros and cons of each.
Thanks in advance.
West Anglia drivers go to Stratford Academy too.
If it's a West Anglia depot (Bishops Stortford, Cambridge or Chingford) you will immediately go onto the mainline. Great Eastern metro depots (Ilford, Gidea Park, Southend Vic) may have you as a depot driver first which will see you on a lower rate of pay and restricted to shunting and washing trains in the yard.
On the West Anglia side you can expect to do a mix of inner-suburban work together with Stansted Express and Cambridges. Cambridge depot go further down the line to Kings Lynn. The current pay is a smidge over £39k pa but you won't go onto this rate until you've qualified and done 1 year's productive work. It's a nice simple route with very few pitfalls so a good place to start. It's all driver-only operation with just a single roster, so you will do a bit of everything.
O L Leigh