Construction equipment hire and services business Speedy, is opening two specialist rail service centres in South Yorkshire and East Anglia as part of a new multi-million-pound investment to provide rail contractors across the UK with improved access to specialist tools and equipment.
The newly opened regional service centre in Doncaster, based in one of the country’s largest rail clusters, will provide a wide range of battery-powered assets for rail welding, track placement, renewal and maintenance projects, to support contractors in meeting Network Rail’s 2021 target for fossil fuel-free sites.
Alongside its lifting, and small tool hire equipment, the site employing 13 will also deliver a new trackside managed lighting service. The service provides rail customers with site surveys, bespoke eco lighting systems and ongoing maintenance and management services throughout their projects.
Speedy is opening a second specialist site near Bury St Edmonds in March. The centre will provide tools and equipment to rail contractors operating across Cambridge, Peterborough, Norwich, Ipswich, Essex and the wider region.
The company says the sites will enable contractors to spend more time on critical project work, while cutting carbon emissions and saving on fuel costs by reducing journey times sourcing equipment.
Daryl Doherty, Director of Rail at Speedy, said: “Home to many of the UK’s largest rail operators, manufacturers and contractors, the new site in Doncaster represents a strategic investment for our business and demonstrates our commitment to supporting the sector.
“Meanwhile, our upcoming site near Bury St Edmonds is well positioned to help contractors fulfilling Network Rail’s £2.2 billion worth of upgrades across the Anglia network over the next few years.
“By strengthening our operational network across the UK, we are ultimately providing our customers with faster access to the specialised tools and equipment they need, while ensuring they have the means to reduce emissions on site through low carbon plant and machinery.
“We look forward to continuing our investment into UK rail as it delivers a number of major infrastructure projects, from HS2 to the Northern Powerhouse rail programme.”
The investment forms part of a national programme to strengthen the firm’s operational network of local, regional and specialist service centres, which will see other centres opened across the UK over the coming months.
Speedy was recently awarded Gold status in the Route to Gold award by Network Rail, which recognises the achievements of suppliers across the rail network, by providing safe and reliable plant to meet the industry’s needs.
In line with current lockdown restrictions, Speedy depots remain open for call, click and collect services – with Capital Commitment, its four-hour delivery promise, operating as normal.
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