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Coventry new national hub for Network Rail on the road

An aerial view of the site which is near the A45 and has close links to the rail network Credit: Network Rail

Bosses at Network Rail will today officially unveil its new hub for the firm's road vehicles which has been built at Ryton near Coventry.

The project cost £25 million and is on the site of the former Peugeot factory which closed in 2006.

The site will become a 'significant' hub for delivering parts around the rail network Credit: Network Rail

The new building covers 300,000 square feet and is being described as a 'significant' base for the rail company's fleet of road vehicles.

Network Rail's National National Delivery Service supplies 150,000 parts for trains and infrastructure, and the new site was chosen for its close location to the A45 and close links to railway lines.

The new building took 11 months to build and covers 300,000 sq ft Credit: Network Rail

Work began on site just over a year ago and the building has been operational since this August.

Network Rail opens £25m road haulage hub in Coventry

The new site at Ryton will be the national base for Network Rail's road vehicles Credit: PA

Network Rail is today opening a £25 million road haulage distribution centre at Ryton in Warwickshire which has created 100 jobs.

The site near Coventry is on the former Peugeot plant which closed in 2006.

It replaces three smaller bases in Lichfield, Worcester and Ludgershall in Wiltshire which bosses say will save £5 million a year in rent.

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Grandfather speaks of anger at Network Rail

A man whose wife and seven-year-old grandson died on a tram crossing in Nottinghamshire has today given evidence at a hearing in front of MPs on the Transport Select Committee.

Laurence Hoggart’s wife Jean, 56, and grandson Michael Dawson died on the pedestrian crossing in Bestwood Village in November 2008. Today, Mr Hoggart spoke of his anger at Network Rail, saying they 'were not interested'.

In a statement read on his behalf, he said: "This has devastated my life and my family's life. Jean was the backbone of my family and it has broken my heart.

"I think that Network Rail have treated me badly. They wrote just one letter of apology, my solicitors discovered that the crossing was seen to be unsafe by Railtrack in 2000 and their advisers said a bridge should be built."

"That was eight years before they died, nothing was done. They did not care, they were only interested in making money."

"I think this greed is criminal and I have sued them for compensation and right up until the week before the case was due they stood against me, saying that Jean was 10% or 20% to blame."

Rail safety expert Peter Rayner told the panel that the arrangement at Bestwood was "fundamentally flawed" and resulted in "almost an impossible crossing".

He added that he believed there were "commercial considerations compromising safety".

Network Rail will give evidence next week to the inquiry.

Network Rail warned over crossing 'months' before fatality

13-year-old Lindsey Inger died at the crossing on Hucknall Road

ITV News has learned that Network Rail was warned someone could die at a level crossing in Nottingham months before a teenage girl was killed there.

13-year-old Lindsey Inger died at the crossing on Hucknall Road 15 months after two highly respected engineers warned Network Rail about its layout.

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Footbridge proposed where 13-year-old killed

Plans for a new footbridge over a level crossing where a 13-year-old was killed have been submitted by Network Rail.

An open day is being held at St Marks Church today in Bestwood, so people can see the proposal and talk to Network Rail staff.

The latest victim was 13-year-old Lindsey Inger who was hit by a tram last November.

A computer generated image of the proposed footbridge at Bestwood Credit: Network Rail

Man jailed for cable theft

A man from Birmingham, who stole cable and caused delays to thousands of passengers, including Great Britain's Olympic football team has been jailed for 18 months.

George Bogden Ilie, 20, targeted the East Coast mainline near to Great Ponton in Grantham on Tuesday 17th July.

On Wednesday 6th March 2013, Birmingham Crown Court heard that Ilie cut through signalling cable in an attempt to steal it, bringing the line and thousands of passengers travelling on it to a standstill.

Ilie didn't manage to get away with any cable, but his attempts resulted in several hours of delays and it cost Network Rail over £139,000.

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