York & North Yorkshire

New rail operations centre in York to boost jobs

A new rail operations centre planned for York will boost jobs in the city.

Network Rail wants to build the centre on disused land between York station and Holgate Bridge.

The company said the centre would consolidate services already provided in several different locations but would create future jobs for the area.

Consultation will take place with the community before plans are finalised and submitted for approval. It is hoped the centre could open in 2014.

Network Rail said the centre would be one of 14 in the UK that will eventually control and co-ordinate all rail operations on the London North Eastern route.

Robin Gisby, managing director of network operations for Network Rail, said: "York has a proud railway history and these new facilities will allow us to continue that whilst providing a modern, effective service.

"It will all us to retain jobs in the city as well as bringing future employment opportunities to the area, which is vital for long-term economic growth and prosperity."

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