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Preserving a piece of history versus creating jobs in York


12:00am 19th April 2012

Preserving a piece of history versus creating jobs in York.

That's the dilemma facing Network Rail.

Engineers have discovered some historic roundhouses, dating back to 19th century, near the train station.

But Network Rail wants to build a new Operations Centre there to make the network more efficient.

The firm's organised two open days later this month to show the public how it plans to protect our hertiage whilst developing this site.

Further Details from Network Rail

Foundations for the North Eastern Railway roundhouses, which were abandoned in the 1960s, have been uncovered by Network Rail in York and are being opened to the public this month.

They are believed to date from 1864 and can be seen on the attached plan, dating from 1888.

They were uncovered by engineers carrying out site inspections for a planned rail operating and training facility on the site.

Phil Verster, route managing director for the London North Eastern route, said:

"This site is a great example of respecting our rail heritage whilst at the same time making exciting plans for our future.

"We are working closely with experts to make sure the roundhouses are recorded and looked after.

"Meanwhile, the plans for operating and training facilities are being developed to help us to deliver a modern, efficient railway.

"They will allow us to maintain York's position as a proud rail city by retaining jobs there as well as bringing future employment benefits which are vital for economic growth and prosperity.

"The operating centre is the largest of just 14 proposed centres across Britain and will bring all the expertise and technology we need to operate the LNE route into a single location.

"Meanwhile the investment in modern training facilities will help make sure our rail employees continue to be among the best in the world.

"We also hope that the location of the facilities, on the edge of the York Central development site, could act as a catalyst for further investment in the area."

The intention is that the rail operating centre (ROC) will eventually control all rail operations on the east coast.

The workforce development centre will consolidate training services already provided to rail employees at a number of locations around the route into a single, purpose-built facility.

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