Dozens of workers at Network Rail in Birmingham are being forced to relocate to Milton Keynes in a £100m cost-cutting drive.

Staff from the publically-owned company’s procurement, IT and commercial property divisions in the city were told this week that their jobs were being transferred to national headquarters in the Bedfordshire town. The company, which runs and maintains the nation’s rail network, employs about 2,000 in the city.

A spokeswoman for Network Rail said there would be no compulsory redundancies, with most of those being relocated to Milton Keynes coming from London and the north of England.

She said: “There will not be a huge number of people moving from Birmingham as it is important that we retain the necessary expertise on the ground in Birmingham due to its central position.”

The company employs 32,000 staff from 82 regional offices.