A new operating and training centre for Network Rail in York has been given the go-ahead by city planners.
The Yorkshire town boasts a rich and proud rail heritage, and it is home to the country's National Railway Museum which sees many enthusiasts flock to it every year will now be home to the organisation's new training and operating centre for the next generation of train workers. BAM Construction has been awarded the contract to build the centre, and is expected to commence work in September.
Network Rail's flagship operating home is the biggest of the 14 proposed sites around the country and will cost £30 million to complete. Once finished the centre will be integral to training frontline engineering and maintenance staff, and it goes hand-in-hand with York's long connection with the rail network. The centre will also control the busy East Coast line which runs between London and Scotland.
John Phillips, construction director for BAM, said: "The York Engineers Triangle will provide a railway operations centre housed in modern high specification office facilities with the capacity to expand to 48 desks over time."
Robin Gisby, managing director of network operations for Network Rail, added: "York has a proud railway history and these new facilities will allow us to continue that whilst providing a modern, efficient service."
The facility will be built on the York Engineers Triangle, which has been an integral part of the city since the 19th century. In 2011, Network Rail requested permission to remove the triangle after the Olympic Games to make room for potential building works. It is currently used to allow steam locomotives to turn around without causing any congestion at York train station, and also lets drivers fill up the trains with coal and water.
After agreeing with the National Railway Museum, Network Rail announced that trains would be able to turn around using the turntable at the Grand Hall instead, but further consultation was set to be arranged to resolve the issue.
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