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Supporting Network Rail's plans for new development


12:00am 28th February 2012

City of York Council is supporting Network Rail's plans to develop a new rail operating and training facility in York, which will help secure existing jobs and expertise, as well as generating opportunities for further growth.

The council is urging residents and commuters to have their say on the new plans, which will be on display to view from next week.

The Rail Operating Centre (ROC) is one of just 14 proposed centres across Britain. The intention is that this site will eventually control all rail operations on the east coast from King's Cross to the Scottish borders. 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

Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, said:

"I support these plans which further underlines Network Rail's continuing commitment to York. The city has a strong railway heritage and I hope that plans for the new Rail Operating Centre will help secure existing jobs and expertise in York, as well as generating opportunities for further growth. I encourage residents to engaging with the consultation to see how the proposed changes may effect them and will continue to work closely with Network Rail to support their work in the city."

Representatives from the Network Rail plus the architects and contractors will be available:

  • Tuesday 28 February 11.00 - 19.00 York station, main ticket hall
  • Wednesday 29 February 11.00 - 19.00 St Paul's Church, Holgate, York

Public feedback will be fed into the planning application to City of York Council in due course.

The ROC and training centre would be developed on disused land adjacent to York station. The ROC would be the largest of its kind and will enable services such as signalling and traffic control to be centralised into a single unit.

The proposed workforce development centre (WDC) will deliver training for rail employees from Network Rail's contractors and industry partners as well as for Network Rail employees. It will give frontline maintenance and engineering staff a modern, purpose-built facility in which to learn new techniques and update existing skills

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