Friday 13 Nov 2015
Rail operating centre officially opened in Rugby
- London North Western
The leader of Rugby Borough Council has officially opened Network Rail’s £22m Rugby Rail Operating Centre (ROC).
The building, operating 24 hours a day, is one of 12 nationally which will eventually control the entire rail network in Britain and replace more than 800 signal boxes and other operational locations.
It is a key part of the future of Britain's railway and places Rugby firmly on the rail map.
All 12 centres will have more advanced signalling tools and technology that will help reduce delays, improve performance, increase capacity, provide better information to passengers and offer better value for money for passengers and taxpayers.
It was officially opened by Councillor Michael Stokes, leader of Rugby Borough Council, on Wednesday (11 November). Councillor Stokes was joined by Network Rail’s route managing director, Martin Frobisher.
Councillor Michael Stokes said: “I'm reminded every day of how important the railway is to our town and what strong historical links we have with the railway. Rugby is the fastest growing town in the Midlands and one of the fastest growing towns in the UK. This facility highlights our commitment to work with businesses to ensure they receive a warm welcome to our town and I am pleased we will continue to be part of the future of the railway in Britain.”
Andy Scott of Network Rail, who has overseen bringing the Rugby ROC into use, said: “This new rail operating centre is an essential part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a better service to passengers and will make sure Rugby is a key location on the railway map for decades to come. When fully operational, it will help to boost performance, increase capacity and provide a better level of service to passengers. It will also help the railway recover more efficiently during periods of disruption.”
The Stafford area, being upgraded as part of a £250m project by Network Rail, was the first section of railway to be controlled from the Rugby ROC. The next section will be in the Norton Bridge area, near Stafford, from Easter 2016.
Control for other areas of the railway will be transferred into the building over the coming years when they are resignalled as part of the Network Rail's Railway Upgrade Plan.
When fully operational, up to 400 staff will work from the Rugby ROC.
Construction of the ROC was carried out by Morgan Sindall on behalf of Network Rail.
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.