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Jobs promised as rail safety body moves to Farnborough


Jobs promised as rail safety body moves to Farnborough

By Tim Harris  from: http://www.gethampshire.co.uk/news/s/2105836_jobs_promised_as_rail_safety_body_moves_to_farnborough
January 04, 2012

FARNBOROUGH could be set to become the new home of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), which could bring jobs to the area and add to its transport safety curriculum vitae.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has recently written to the mayor of Rushmoor to express wishes to move the RAIB to the town, where the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is already based.

The letter to Councillor Alex Crawford, sent by Justine Greening from the DfT, read: “Rushmoor has been a very successful home to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch since 1984, when it moved to Farnborough to take advantage of specialist hanger facilities.

“We now wish to bring our much more recent Rail Accident Investigation Branch alongside the AAIB to develop and capitalise on the ability to share specialist facilities and skills.

“I am pleased to let you know that my department intends to bring some new, high technology jobs to your borough.”

The RAIB is currently based in Woking, but the DfT hope to make the cross-county move from Surrey to Hampshire.

Cllr Alex Crawford has supported the plan and believes it will be a positive step for the area.

“It is very good for Farnborough,” he said. “I think if you are bringing experience from other parts of the country, that will create more jobs in our area.

“There will be an increase in employment in Rushmoor – that is good for the borough.

“It has been decided to bring all accident investigation branches together, and I think that is an excellent choice.

“Bringing the experience down to one place means they can share resources and share their knowledge.”

The letter went on to describe how the DfT also hoped to accommodate the new Ministry of Defence Military Accident Investigation Branch (MAAIB) on the same site, to create a "UK and international centre of excellence".

“We have been exploring ways in which the site might be developed to provide suitable facilities for all three accident investigation teams,” said Ms Greening.

“We believe we have identified a solution by re-using the footprint of a now demolished laboratory next to the large hanger to build a new modular building.

“This new building would be state-of-the-art, an exemplar of efficiency and largely built from recycled materials.”

A planning application will be submitted by the DfT in 2012

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