DB Cargo UK has started work on a multi-million programme of investment to improve track and rail infrastructure at three key sites.
Over the next 12 months, the UK’s largest rail freight operator will replace more than 20km of track at its depots at Immingham in North Lincolnshire, Rotherham in South Yorkshire and Toton in Nottinghamshire.
Work started at the weekend in Immingham, with work due to begin at Rotherham at the end of the month.
DB Cargo UK’s Head of Safety and Operations Dave Ethell said the work was a major investment and would deliver significant operational improvements.
“This investment will further improve the safety and reliability of those services we operate out of Rotherham, Immingham and Toton. These are the first of a number of strategically-important sites that we are investing in over the next five years, with others earmarked to follow,” he said.
“It will reduce the risk of derailments and improve the safety of our colleagues, ensuring minimal disruption to the services we operate for our customers. It’s excellent news,” he added.
In order to reduce costs and minimise the environmental impact of the improvement work, track reclaimed from DB Cargo UK’s site at Washwood Heath near Birmingham will be used to upgrade parts of Immingham and Rotherham.
The work at Immingham will involve the replacement of track in the sorting sidings where wagon maintenance and refuelling activities are undertaken.