PLANS for the first train maintenance centre for wheels in East Anglia based in Harwich have been given the green light.

Greater Anglia’s planning application to build the wheel reprofiling centre next to the A120 near Phoenix Bridge have been approved by Tendring Council.

The metal depot with a wheel lathe could create up to ten jobs.

There will be a train maintenance centre, service yard, store, office and welfare, with a car park to provide 11 car parking spaces, two disabled spaces, ten cycle spaces and three powered two wheeled vehicle spaces.

A Greater Anglia spokesperson said: “We are pleased that the planning permission has been granted to enable our planned wheel lathe facility to go ahead. We are now reviewing the planning conditions and will make a further announcement in due course when our next steps are confirmed.”