Thursday 3 Sep 2009


Region & Route:
| North West & Central

Network Rail today unveiled the first images of its groundbreaking new national centre, which will bring up to 3,000 jobs to Milton Keynes.

The proposed building – scheduled to open in 2012 – will be located near Milton Keynes Central railway station on the site of the former national hockey stadium, which will be removed later this year.

Network Rail is inviting people to find out more about the opportunities and other benefits for Milton Keynes at a series of exhibitions. At these events, members of the public will be able to speak with people working on the project, ask them questions and give their thoughts about our plans. Network Rail can then take this into account before submitting its planning application in early November.

Iain Coucher, Chief Executive from Network Rail said: “Milton Keynes is going places and we are keen to be part of it. We have got an exciting design for the new centre which will be one of the greenest buildings in the country and a stunning addition to central Milton Keynes.”

It is not just train travel that is green; the design for the new building includes a host of eco-friendly features which will encourage diverse habitats for flora and fauna in the centre of the city and a rainwater harvesting system which will be used to flush toilets.

Network Rail plans to recycle material from the national hockey stadium and, wherever possible, materials will be sourced locally cutting the number of lorries and further reducing the carbon footprint of the building.

Notes to editors

Network Rail will be holding public consultation events at the following locations: Tuesday, 8 September Midsummer Place (near Pret a Manger) Thursday, 10 September MK Council offices (morning) Milton Keynes Central station (afternoon) Saturday, 12 September thecentre:mk (near M&S) Monday, 14 September Midsummer Place (near Pret a Manger) Wednesday, 16 September thecentre:mk (near M&S)

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