A new flagship Network Rail operating centre and training facility is set to be built in York after planning permission for the project was granted.
Located on the city's Engineers Triangle, the new £30 million centre will be the largest of the 14 proposed centres across the UK which will provide training for engineering and frontline Network Rail staff.
BAM Construction will begin building on the site, which dates back to the mid-19th century, after archaeologists have excavated the area to determine the condition of buried railway infrastructure.
Robin Gisby, managing director of network operations for Network Rail, claimed that the new facilities will allow the firm to continue the proud railway heritage of York.
He said: "The rail operating centre is a key part of our strategy to improve reliability whilst driving down the cost of running and maintaining the railway.
"It will allow 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."
Construction is due to start in September.
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