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Network Rail proposes 1,800 UK job cuts

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by Kay Murchie

Network Rail, which owns Britain’s railway infrastructure, is embarking on a cost-cutting programme, which will see the loss of 1,800 positions.

The rail operator said it hopes to avoid any compulsory redundancies and said the jobs will be eliminated by April 2011.

The firm, which has a workforce of 33,000 people throughout the country, said: “We are looking at restructuring our maintenance function to make it more effective in the way we carry out our operations.”

“We have a clear commitment to the British people to reduce the costs of running the railway,” the group added.

“We are just starting on consultations with our people and the union.”

The news comes just a day after the company announced the construction of a £34 billion high-speed railway between London and Glasgow.

The journey will take just two hours and 16 minutes and is expected to be completed by 2030.

Network Rail, which was established in 2002 when it replaced the struggling Railtrack, owns Britain’s rail infrastructure, including all the tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, level crossings and most stations.

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