Thursday 17 Feb 2005
MEDIA INVITATION: SECRETARY OF STATE TO OPEN LATEST INTEGRATED RAIL CONTROL CENTRELaura.Dobson@networkrail.co.uk Journalists and photographers are invited to attend the official opening of the Anglia ICC with Alistair Darling MP, Secretary of State for Transport. The event will be jointly hosted by John Armitt, Network Rail Chief Executive, and David Franks, Chief Executive – Trains for National Express, the parent company of ‘one’. Guests will be taken on a tour of the control centre where they can meet staff and understand how the operation works. There will also be opportunities for photography, filming and interviews. The Anglia ICC is the sixth integrated control centre to be launched, where Network Rail and train operator control staff are brought together into the same building and both become answerable to the same person – the new role of Duty Network Manager, colloquially known as the ‘fat controller’ from Thomas the Tank Engine books. The ICC brings together the expertise of both companies with the latest technology, in a structure that is designed to run the railway in the best interests of passengers. This launch highlights the rail industry’s continued commitment to joined-up working between Network Rail and train operating companies.
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