Work begins on rail signal centre

Work begins today on a massive new signal centre in Basingstoke that will see 500 jobs brought to the town, but the closure of old signal boxes in a money saving move by Network Rail.

VIDEO: Work begins on massive signalling centre

It's costing £30 million and will bring 500 jobs to Basingstoke. Work started today on a massive new railway signalling centre covering hundreds of miles of track in the south.

It's the biggest ever modernisation project by Network Rail that marks the end of an era. Hundreds of historic signal boxes will be made redundant.

Our transport correspondent Mike Pearse reports. He speaks to Basingstoke MP Maria Miller, Cllr Ranil Jayawardena, signaller Dave Thomas and Sam MacCarthy of Network Rail.

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