Jobs on track at new rail HQ

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HUNDREDS of jobs will be created by Network Rail when its new headquarters open next summer.

It is expected that around 3,000 people will be based at the new building, recently named The Quadrant:MK, and while many of these will be from existing roles within the company, Network Rail confirmed a significant number would be available for the people of Milton Keynes.

Adrian Thomas, Network Rail head of resourcing, said: “It’s hugely exciting to be able to offer so many people the chance to join Network Rail at our new national centre.

“One of the key reasons we chose Milton Keynes was the quality of the local talent pool and I’m sure it will be tough selecting the very best and brightest candidates.

“There’s a history of engineering and technical expertise in industries across this part of the country; we want to tap into those capabilities and combine them with our expertise in the rail industry to provide a truly world-class railway.”

The jobs will range from finance to engineering and ICT to human resources.

And a new website has already been set up to encourage potential employees to apply.

Earlier this week, MPs Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster visited the new buidling, on the site of the old National Hockey Stadium, and came away very impressed with Network Rail’s vision for the future.

Iain Stewart, Milton Keynes South MP, said: “Construction work at Network Rail’s new national centre has progressed really quickly. I know that a lot of us are looking forward to welcoming the organisation and its employees to Milton Keynes

“We really are anticipating a boost to our local economy with Network Rail coming to the city. Relevant local agencies and organisations are working full steam ahead to ensure that we have the skills locally to support Network Rail and its supply chain.”

Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, said: “It’s a privilege to see Network Rail’s new National Centre take shape. Its state-of-the-art design and green credentials mean it is totally in keeping with Milton Keynes.

“Not only is it great to have Network Rail based here, a major rail-travelling city, it is also a fantastic thing to have the organisation’s new hub, Quadrant:MK, being built here.”