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Highways Agency staff in talks over move out of London


UNIONS AND management at the Highways Agency were meeting this week to discuss dispersal of London based staff to offices around the country.

Around 450 engineers and support staff must move out of central London's St Christopher's House by the latter part of next year, when the building's lease expires.

Staff were given further information at a meeting with chief executive Tim Matthews last week, confirming that they will transfer to offices in Birmingham, Bedford, Dorking, Bristol, Hemel Hempstead, Leeds and Manchester.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said the changes had been on the cards for some time once it was clear the lease was expiring. It was less expensive to accommodate staff outside London.

The need to stay in London has also reduced because the Agency has handed over responsibility for London roads to the new Greater London Authority.

A spokeswoman for the Institution of Professionals Managers & Specialists union, which represents many of the Agency's civil engineers, said a lot of people would suffer major disruption.

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