A multi-million pound rail freight scheme has been unveiled, which will provide a significant boost to the UK construction industry’s productivity.
Unveiled in Buxton, the rail freight scheme is worth £14 million and is crucial because it will result in the removal from the roads of lorries carrying freight goods, resulting in huge reductions in carbon emissions.
Through the rail freight scheme, a disused council tip has been transformed into more than 400 metres of railway sidings, meaning longer freight trains can serve local quarries.
Investment from the Great North Rail Project is important because it means rail companies can now make notable increases on their number of wagons on each train, from 18 to 26.
Martin Frobisher, Managing Director of Network Rail’s London Northern Western route, explained the number of benefits this extra investment will produce.
He said: “We’re really pleased that this upgrade will give both a boost to the UK economy through greater productivity, as well as improving the local environment by reducing the reliance on lorries which cause congestion and produce harmful CO2 emissions.”
Officially opened by Labour MP for High Peak, Ruth George, the new railway is entirely in line with the numerous policies that focus on cleaner air, and greener transport options.
Thanks to this extension in number of wagons on each train, up to 2,500 tonnes of stone can be transported during each load, resulting in a boost to UK building projects and the environment.
Each and every freight train takes 76 lorries off our local roads, and with every tonne of freight carried by rail resulting in carbon cuts of 76%, it is a vital method of freight transportation.
Paul McMahon, Managing Director of Freight and National Passenger Operators at Network Rail, added: “It’s through innovative schemes like this that we’re making rail an attractive and increasingly viable mode of transport.”