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Morgan Sindall hands over £17 million Rail Operating Centre to Network Rail

Team members from Morgan Sindall and Network Rail stand in a line in front of the new Rail Operating Centre

Morgan Sindall has completed and handed over a £17 million Rail Operating Centre and Infrastructure Maintenance Delivery Unit in Rugby for Network Rail.

Situated in Rugby, the new facilities provides a base from which Network Rail’s operations for the southern areas of its London North Western route will be coordinated as well as accommodating personnel and control equipment. The London North Western route incorporates all of the West coast mainline, Chiltern Railways and the regional railways of the North West.

Built to a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) standard of Very Good, the state-of-the-art three-storey building is circa 100 metres long by 25 metres wide; and only 3 metres from the West Coast Main Line. Sitting directly adjacent to Rugby train station, the new building will house signalling and traffic management facilities to support a faster, more frequent and reliable rail service.

Richard Fielding, area director for the Midlands at Morgan Sindall, said: “The new facilities are a key part of Network Rail’s critical infrastructure and are therefore vital in keeping the trains moving safely and effectively both in the region and across the country.

“They have been built with utmost care and without causing disruption to Rugby’s rail system. We’ve delivered these facilities on budget and ahead of schedule which is a superb achievement for all those involved.”

  • Pictured (L-R): Morgan Sindall: Peter Maguire, project manager; Jonathan Shales, senior quantity surveyor; Richard Fielding, area director; Dave Smith, managing director Construction North; Network Rail: Andy Scott, senior commercial scheme sponsor; Simon Clifford, project planner; Jonathan Harris, national business manager