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Approval given for £10m Network Rail hub on Gresley Road triangle
THE green light has been given for a derelict former car park to become the home of a multi-million-pound Network Rail regional hub.
Proposals for the £10million training and operations centre on the Gresley Road triangle north of Basing View were approved by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council planning chiefs last Wednesday.
The project will create 159 new jobs, and includes a package of improvements on surrounding roads, and a footbridge across the railway line between Basing View and Gresley Road.
The project was welcomed by councillors who hailed it as a good investment for the town.
Norden Labour councillor George Hood said: “It has given us, for the first time in many years in Norden, the chance to put a vacant brownfield site back into use.”
Speaking after the meeting, leader of the council Cllr Clive Sanders said: “Coming on the heels of the exciting announcement of John Lewis coming to the town, this is more good news for Basingstoke. It is another step in the progress towards recreating a strong and flourishing business community around Basing View that will help drive the prosperity of the borough for the future.
“We very much look forward to welcoming Network Rail and its employees as a new and important part of our community.”
The new centre will employ 581 people, and will have more than 200 trainees visiting. The scheme will include 216 car parking spaces but people visiting the site will be encouraged to come by rail.
As the majority of commuters travelling to the centre by car will come from the ring road, the railway company will pay to improve the slip-road off the A339 eastbound.
And the Daneshill Roundabout will be widened to fit two cars at the ‘give way’ lines.
Network Rail expects to open the site, which includes a state of-the-art signalling centre and workforce development centre, as well as a train track welding facility, by early 2015.
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