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Network Rail submits plans for national centre

Network Rail has applied for planning permission for the construction of a national centre in Milton Keynes that it expects to generate up to 3,000 new jobs.

It follows public feedback consultations across the city that the company describes as “overwhelmingly positive”, particularly on environmental aspects of the building’s design.

Some suggestions have been incorporated into the final submission, including recharging points for electric vehicles in the car park and an allotment for fruit and vegetables.

Network Rail chief executive Iain Coucher: “Network Rail has made a big commitment to Milton Keynes in choosing the city as the home of our new national centre.

“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to speak to so many local people about our plans, to listen to them and take on board their thoughts and opinions.”

The centre, on the former National Hockey Stadium site, will combine engineering, investment planning and management, logistics, operational planning, information management and national functions.