Network Rail reaffirmed its commitments to ‘up-skilling’ the rail industry when Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin visited the new Rail Operating and Training Centre at Basingstoke on August 20.
NR is creating seven national training centres - when those at Basingstoke, York and Swindon are completed in 2016, they will join facilities at Larbert, Walsall, Bristol and Paddock Wood.
Together they will provide 270,000 training days a year for NR staff and those from 250 other railway companies. The track authority has invested £55 million in their creation.
“Training our rail and road workforce is essential if we want to build a transport network fit for the future,” said McLoughlin during his visit.
“I want to see every part of Britain benefiting from a growing economy, and that is why our investment in transport won’t just help people get around, it will help them get on.”
- For more information, read RAIL 782, published on September 2.