Investment means freight firms like DB Cargo and Freightliner can now increase their number of wagons on each train from 18 to 26.
The sidings constructed under budget give movements of up to 2,500 tonnes of stone to be transported during each load, providing a boost to UK building projects and the environment.
Each freight train takes 76 lorries off local roads and every tonne of freight carried by rail cuts carbon emissions by 76%.
Martin Frobisher, managing director of Network Rail’s London Northern Western route, 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.”
Adam Cunliffe, chief commercial officer at Freightliner, said: “The extended sidings at Buxton mean that we can run longer trains with more wagons, helping deliver an increase in the movement of freight by rail in the area and all the associated economic and environmental benefits that brings.”
Chris Swan, head of rail at Tarmac, said: “With capacity challenges across the rail network, these new sidings at Buxton will enable Tarmac to transport higher volumes of material on bigger trains, supporting the efficient and sustainable delivery of a growing number of major infrastructure and development projects across the country.”
Dai Larner, executive director at High Peak Borough Council, said: “We’re delighted with this major investment project in our local rail infrastructure. It brings this land back into productive use and delivers real – and very welcome - benefits for residents, the quarrying industry and everyone using our road network by reducing the amount of freight being transported by lorry.”
Paul McMahon, managing director of Freight and National Passenger Operators at Network Rail, said: “At Network Rail we want to work with our current and potential customers to grow the amount of freight we’re transporting by rail. It’s through innovative schemes like this that we’re making rail an attractive and increasingly viable mode of transport.”
The area has now been landscaped to sympathetically blend into the surrounding countryside.
- This project was delivered by Network Rail on time and £4m under budget
- The new sidings allow longer freight trains carrying construction aggregate to operate between the Peak District and the south of England.
- Enables freight companies who use the sidings as a turnback facility (to get to the local quarries) to increase their number of wagons from 18 to 26.
- Up to 2,500 tonnes of materials could be transported by each train.
- Each freight train takes 76 lorries off the road.
- Each tonne of freight cuts carbon emissions by 76%.
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