Friday 9 Sep 2005

MEDIA INVITE: MINISTER TO UNVEIL NEW MULTI-MILLION POUND WATFORD TRAINING CENTRE

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Date:               Wednesday 14 September 2005 Time:              10:30am - 12:30pm Location:        Watford Training Centre 1st Floor Claremont House, Hatters Lane, Croxley Business Park, Watford, Hertford, WD18 8TR. Meet at Watford Junction station at 10.30am, then transport will be provided to the training centre. Alternatively, meet directly at the centre at 11am.                         Members of the press are invited to attend the official opening of Network Rail’s world-class new signaller training centre in Watford by Railways minister Derek Twigg MP. The multi-million pound complex will train new and existing signallers using both teaching in classrooms and simulator technology. Around 250 signallers will pass through the centre each year. During the visit the minister will unveil a plaque and there will a brief presentation by Network Rail’s Head of Operations Services Derek Holmes who will describe the work of the centre. There will be a tour of the facility and the opportunity to operate the signalling simulators. Please confirm attendance to Stuart Buss in the Network Rail press office on                        020 7557 8592 or stuart.buss@networkrail.co.uk

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