Minister Simon Burns visits work on new £36 million Network Rail complex in York

Rail Minister visits work on new £36 million complex

Simon Burns, left, and Phil Verster, Network Rail Route managing director, with Olton Hall

Rail Minister Simon Burns MP on the footplate of Olton Hall, which was Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter films

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

IT’S full steam ahead for a high-tech future on the East Coast Main Line after work started on a £36 million new Network Rail complex in York.

Rail Minister Simon Burns yesterday visited the city to see construction of a new rail operating centre and workforce development centre on a triangle of land near York Railway Station.

Then he officially opened a turntable which has been relocated from London to York to replace the old turning triangle on the site, so that steam locos can still turn round while on excursions. The engine used in the Harry Potter movies, Hogwarts Castle, turned up to try out the turntable.

The new operating centre, the largest of 14 such developments proposed across the country, will have the expertise and technology to operate the entire length of the route from London Kings Cross to the Scottish border, eventually replacing 178 traditional signal boxes along the line.

It will ultimately employ almost 480 people, some of whom will relocate to York from elsewhere on the route, with others recruited locally.

Meanwhile the workforce development centre will provide training each day for up to 200 Network Rail staff from across the region.

Mr Burns said the complex was part of the biggest investment in the railways across the country since Victorian times, and came after years of underinvestment, and it would help ensure more passengers could be carried along the route from York to London and Edinburgh.

“These facilities will not only help drive efficiencies and improve performance for passengers and freight on this vital route for many years to come,” he said.

“They will also provide valuable jobs and guarantee a skilled workforce is in place to meet the challenges of running a 21st century railway.”

Phil Verster, route managing director for Network Rail, said the complex would also maintain York’s position as an important rail city. He hoped the site’s location on the edge of York Central – the long stalled redevelopment of a teardrop shaped portion of land behind the station – would act as a catalyst for further investment in the area.

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10:23am Thu 17 Jan 13

bloodaxe says...

Can't be bad. However, wait with baited breath for the negative take on this from the usual suspects.
Can't be bad. However, wait with baited breath for the negative take on this from the usual suspects. bloodaxe
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1:32pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Podlet says...

680 people to benefit, £36M spent. Hmm - can I have £53k please?
680 people to benefit, £36M spent. Hmm - can I have £53k please? Podlet
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4:34pm Thu 17 Jan 13

bloodaxe says...

Podlet wrote:
680 people to benefit, £36M spent. Hmm - can I have £53k please?
Well, there had to be one. It isn't just 680 people who benefit. It's like saying that if you open a cafe or shop that the only people who benefit are the staff. What it really contributes to is York's importance as a regional centre and as a centre for white collar employment. Generally developments like this have incremental benefits which go beyond a simple numbers game of direct beneficiaries.
[quote][p][bold]Podlet[/bold] wrote: 680 people to benefit, £36M spent. Hmm - can I have £53k please?[/p][/quote]Well, there had to be one. It isn't just 680 people who benefit. It's like saying that if you open a cafe or shop that the only people who benefit are the staff. What it really contributes to is York's importance as a regional centre and as a centre for white collar employment. Generally developments like this have incremental benefits which go beyond a simple numbers game of direct beneficiaries. bloodaxe
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5:50pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Ex CYC says...

Sounds great but can we invest a few quid in some high fencing around the track. Copmanthorpe death this morning whilst tragic delayed me into London by 2 and half hours. I missed a job interview
Sounds great but can we invest a few quid in some high fencing around the track. Copmanthorpe death this morning whilst tragic delayed me into London by 2 and half hours. I missed a job interview Ex CYC
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8:56pm Thu 17 Jan 13

pedalling paul says...

The NRM was reportedly intending to install a half roundhouse plus turntable within their South Yard, so that visitors could watch incoming charter locos being turned and serviced. Will the Notwork rail turntable scupper the NRM plans.....?
Maybe more useful if a diesel loco has a defective cab at one end. Easy to turn it within NR's site
The NRM was reportedly intending to install a half roundhouse plus turntable within their South Yard, so that visitors could watch incoming charter locos being turned and serviced. Will the Notwork rail turntable scupper the NRM plans.....? Maybe more useful if a diesel loco has a defective cab at one end. Easy to turn it within NR's site pedalling paul
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10:38am Fri 18 Jan 13

YorkPatrol says...

Ex CYC wrote:
Sounds great but can we invest a few quid in some high fencing around the track. Copmanthorpe death this morning whilst tragic delayed me into London by 2 and half hours. I missed a job interview
Leave it with me - I'll put some up this evening

Don't worry about the job interview - I don't believe you would have been the successful candidate anyway
[quote][p][bold]Ex CYC[/bold] wrote: Sounds great but can we invest a few quid in some high fencing around the track. Copmanthorpe death this morning whilst tragic delayed me into London by 2 and half hours. I missed a job interview[/p][/quote]Leave it with me - I'll put some up this evening Don't worry about the job interview - I don't believe you would have been the successful candidate anyway YorkPatrol
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1:01pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

IT’S full steam ahead for a high-tech future on the East Coast Main Line after work started on a £36 million new Network Train Track complex in York.

Train Track Minister Simon Burns yesterday visited the city to see construction of a new train track operating centre and workforce development centre on a triangle of land near York Train Track Station.
[quote]IT’S full steam ahead for a high-tech future on the East Coast Main Line after work started on a £36 million new Network Train Track complex in York.[/quote] [quote]Train Track Minister Simon Burns yesterday visited the city to see construction of a new train track operating centre and workforce development centre on a triangle of land near York Train Track Station.[/quote] Buzz Light-year
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2:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Podlet says...

bloodaxe wrote:
Podlet wrote:
680 people to benefit, £36M spent. Hmm - can I have £53k please?
Well, there had to be one. It isn't just 680 people who benefit. It's like saying that if you open a cafe or shop that the only people who benefit are the staff. What it really contributes to is York's importance as a regional centre and as a centre for white collar employment. Generally developments like this have incremental benefits which go beyond a simple numbers game of direct beneficiaries.
So that means I can't have the money, right?
[quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Podlet[/bold] wrote: 680 people to benefit, £36M spent. Hmm - can I have £53k please?[/p][/quote]Well, there had to be one. It isn't just 680 people who benefit. It's like saying that if you open a cafe or shop that the only people who benefit are the staff. What it really contributes to is York's importance as a regional centre and as a centre for white collar employment. Generally developments like this have incremental benefits which go beyond a simple numbers game of direct beneficiaries.[/p][/quote]So that means I can't have the money, right? Podlet
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6:46pm Fri 18 Jan 13

the butler says...

So this has nothing to do with main line track improvement or modernizing cars or propultion systems, to give the public a more rapid and comfortable form of rail transport, But introducing hi tech control?
This seems to be just a part of the need to bring rail transportation into the modern age; Mag-lev perhaps in the near future?.
So this has nothing to do with main line track improvement or modernizing cars or propultion systems, to give the public a more rapid and comfortable form of rail transport, But introducing hi tech control? This seems to be just a part of the need to bring rail transportation into the modern age; Mag-lev perhaps in the near future?. the butler
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11:58am Sat 19 Jan 13

.KopeX. says...

More coverage of the opening and turntable here
More coverage of the opening and turntable here .KopeX.
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11:58am Sat 19 Jan 13

.KopeX. says...

http://www.flickr.co
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http://www.flickr.co m/photos/kopex/sets/ 72157632555316125/ .KopeX.
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6:28pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

£36m investment in York and 480 jobs, but, not a word from Coun Alexander or the Council ?

They didn't even have the decency to meet Rail Ministewr Simon Burns.

Why ?

Were they too busy gallavanting off to Paris to celebrate the TDF Grand Depart ?

Probably didn't want to give the government any credit for this jobs and growth boost to York's economy, and couldn't claim any credit themselves. Shame on Coun Alexander and Kersten England for being so ignorant.
£36m investment in York and 480 jobs, but, not a word from Coun Alexander or the Council ? They didn't even have the decency to meet Rail Ministewr Simon Burns. Why ? Were they too busy gallavanting off to Paris to celebrate the TDF Grand Depart ? Probably didn't want to give the government any credit for this jobs and growth boost to York's economy, and couldn't claim any credit themselves. Shame on Coun Alexander and Kersten England for being so ignorant. Scarlet Pimpernel
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