Matthew Long

Matthew Long

Driver Training Manager, Arriva Trains Wales

Matthew is a Driver Training Manager at Arriva Trains Wales, based in Cardiff. Matthew started his railway career in 2013 as a trainee driver and has since then gained driver competency and moved into the training department, now responsible for delivering training and development to trainee and qualified train drivers. Matthew’s previous professional background is in the coach/bus industry and as a driving instructor for cars and PCV.

Over the last 18 months, Matthew has been working in partnership with Telford based VR Simulation Systems Ltd, to bring VR simulation into the training and development of on-train and station based staff. This project has led to the development of the industry’s first platform-train interface simulator and training course, using a virtual reality ‘CAVE’ environment.

The future aim of the project is to see this technology and training adopted by other train operators across the UK and Europe.