RAIL operator Northern is giving extra support to job applicants who have neurodivergent conditions.

The firm – which runs services on the Airedale line – is introducing new measures to help candidates with autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia and Tourette's syndrome.

As part of the initiative, a step-by-step breakdown outlining each part of the recruitment process will be provided.

Applicants will see images of the interview room layout in advance so they can visualise the environment, and they'll be allowed to take written notes into the interview.

Also, some questions may be provided beforehand.

The move follows a review of recruitment processes carried out by Northern's neurodivergent employee advisory panel, formed last year.

The company hopes the measures will ultimately help it gain 'Neurodiversity Smart' accreditation.

Lisa Leighton, people director at Northern, says: "Around 15 per cent of the UK population is neurodivergent.

"Our neurodivergent employee advisory panel has done a great job these past 12 months, identifying ways we can support that 15 per cent as they seek to develop their careers within the rail industry.

"I look forward to working with the panel as we continue to strive to attract the best and brightest into the sector."