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30.11.12

Network Rail maintenance centre plans updated

Network Rail has submitted updated plans for a new maintenance centre in Derby to accommodate the Midland Main Line (MML) electrification support team.

The centre will bring together up to 400 maintenance staff from existing offices and sub-depots across the East Midlands and 50 new electrification maintenance specialists.

The revisions to the plans include an increase in office floor space and an increase in the height of the finished floor to avoid flooding.

Martin Frobisher, Network Rail route managing director, said: “This maintenance depot is central to our plans to help sustain a modern, reliable railway in the East Midlands.

“The new depot will bring our frontline teams into a single location so we can better plan and resource the maintenance of the railway. It will also allow more focused, rapid and flexible response to incidents.

“The Government's proposal that it plans to fund the electrification of our main line is fantastic news for the region, giving us a railway which will be cheaper and greener to run. It also means we will need to recruit electrification maintenance teams who will join the team at Derby to look after the new equipment.”

Work is due to start this year and is expected to be completed in December 2013.

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