City authorities in York have agreed Network Rail’s plan to build a new rail operating centre and workforce development school close to York station.
Says Phil Verster, Route Managing Director, ‘This decision is great news for York and the railway. These operating and training facilities will allow us to deliver a modern, efficient railway while at the same time maintaining York’s position as a proud rail city.
‘The centres will retain jobs in the city and, over time, see all of our rail operations for the LNE route consolidated on this site.
The operating centre is the largest of just 14 proposed centres across Britain and will bring the expertise and technology we need to operate the route into a single location.
Meanwhile the investment in modern training facilities will make sure our rail employees remain among the best in the world.’
The land identified for development is known as the engineer’s triangle and lies between York station and Holgate bridge.