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Northern takes control of major rail facility

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Northern has confirmed it now has full control of Neville Hill depot in Leeds.

Previously, the depot – along with its 550-strong staff of engineers, technicians and rail operatives – had been jointly managed by Northern and East Midlands Railway (EMR).

Employees that worked for EMR at the facility have now all transferred across to Northern as part of the deal.

EMR employees at Neville Hill we be transferred to Northern.
Jack Commandeur, Northern.

Engineering director at Northern, Jack Commandeur, 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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