The Freight on Rail campaign has welcomed the opening of expanded railway sidings in Buxton, Derbyshire, which will enable longer freight trains to carry more building materials from the area’s quarries.
Darren Shirley, Chair of Freight on Rail, said:
“We warmly welcome these improvements at Buxton, which will reduce the number of lorries needed to serve these quarries. To meet our country’s demand for new housing and infrastructure, rail freight offers a more sustainable way to more building materials to where they are needed.”
Around three trains a day carry aggregates from quarries near Buxton to the hearts of London and Manchester. The work to expand the sidings, an £14 million project carried out by Network Rail as part of upgrades to the Strategic Freight Network, means that each train can now pull 26 wagons – up from 18. Each train can now carry up to 2,500 tonnes of materials.