GB Railfreight (GBRf) has opened new sidings on the north side of its Peterborough yard which will connect its newly opened £5.75 million Maintenance Hub to the national railway network.
The opening has been a culmination of three years of work between GBRf, Network Rail, and railway contractors KGJ Price. Several new points have been installed, slewing the existing track to create five intermodal length sidings accessible from both north and south, as well as additional capacity for spare wagons.
The new sidings will be vital in unlocking the full potential of the Maintenance Hub, which will double the capacity of the yard. This investment forms part of GBRf’s ambitious growth plans to run around 80 intermodal services a day by 2025.
John Smith, CEO of GB Railfreight said: “The new sidings at the north end of our yard is a huge step forward in bringing our Maintenance Hub in to operation. This will enable us to run even more intermodal services, allowing our current and future customers to move an even wider range of goods by rail.”
Mark Bridel, regional freight manager at Network Rail added: “Network Rail is proud to have been a part of this project, from initial concept through to property agreements and delivery of signalling solutions. The project supports the shift to rail and green ambitions by enabling maintenance and stabling of longer intermodal trains on the East Coast Main Line.”
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