A deal has taken place to transfer Leeds’ Neville Hill depot to the full control of Northern rather than being jointly managed by Northern and East Midlands Railway (EMR).
Around 550 engineers, technicians and train presentation operatives who are employed at the depot provide an important role for rail services in the North.
All employees from East Midlands Railway (EMR) were transferred to Northern and have joined the 6,000 strong workforce at the publicly-owned operator.
Jack Commandeur, Engineering Director at Northern, said: “We are delighted to welcome our former East Midlands colleagues into the Northern fold and will continue to provide maintenance support for Northern, LNER and Cross Country trains.
“This is a positive step for rail in the North that will help to deliver more consistent and reliable services for customers, strengthen critical engineering processes and open up future opportunities to develop the depot into a state-of-the-art facility.
“We have ambitious long-term plans for the site and are exploring long term opportunities that we hope will, in time, see the depot transform into an engineering centre of excellence with educational partnerships and development programmes.”
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