Network Rail may cut 1,800 jobs

LONDON Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:43am BST

A worker for Network Rail carries out maintenance work by as an Arriva train passes him in Birmingham, August 26, 2009. REUTERS/Darren Staples

A worker for Network Rail carries out maintenance work by as an Arriva train passes him in Birmingham, August 26, 2009.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Rail operator Network Rail said it planned to cut 1,800 maintenance jobs by April 2011, the Times reported on Friday.

"We are discussing our plans with our people and their union representatives and no final decisions have been made," The Times quoted a spokesman for the company as saying.

Network Rail, which runs Britain's rail network and its largest train stations employs 33,000 people across the company.

The news came a day after the company unveiled plans for a 34 billion pound high-speed rail link from London to the north of Britain that would halve travel time to Scotland to just over two hours.

Network Rail was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Richard Chang)

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