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Rail control centre is unveiled

A 15m railway control centre in Derby has officially opened its doors.

The facility will eventually control signalling and operations for the whole of the East Midlands rail network.

Network Rail said it would bring the control of trains into the 21st century, with a computerised system overseeing all services.

The building will be opened by the transport secretary Ruth Kelly and signalling control should be installed by September.

Greater reliability

The environmentally sustainable building, finished in 2007, currently houses operational control for the region.

Tom Birch from Network Rail, said: "This is going to be a new centre operating new equipment because we have been replacing signalling equipment.

"New equipment means greater reliability for passenger and freight customers."

All signalling controls will be brought into the centre over the next decade as infrastructure is upgraded.

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