Under the new contract, which builds on an existing 10-year relationship, GBRf will provide internal shunting services for Celsa Steel UK, as well as all internal rail movements.
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The extension of the contract will result in the expansion of GBRf's fleet, the repair capacity at two of its depots and the number of field service engineers.
The partnership will manage the production of intermodal wagons by Greenbrier and marks another step towards the promotion of sustainable and low carbon freight transport.
GB Railfreight will operate RIDC Melton, which provides safe and reliable testing environments for new and modified technology within the rail industry, for a total of four years.
The new service marks GBRf’s continued expansion into the intermodal market and represents its seventh intermodal service into a Maritime Transport Ltd facility.
GB Railfreight will run over 100 trains from Doncaster and Whitemoor to King's Cross over the course of February to May 2021, representing the largest possession site that GBRf will have contributed to at any one time.
The UK rail industry has expressed its displeasure with the UK Chancellor’s Budget 2021, which lacked any visibility on upcoming rail schemes.
GBRf and GRS Rail Services have moved over 1.8 million tonnes of aggregates across the UK to support the construction industry in the last five years, and have now extended their existing contract.
Three new Smart Weed System trains will commence service on the British railway network from May 2021, improving the environmental footprint and health and safety.
The partnership ensures the existing traffic flow from Antwerp through to Irvine will continue for an additional two years, and shows commitment from both organisations in reaching net zero emission targets.
The deals with HS2 contractors will see GB Railfreight join forces with Rail Stone Solutions to deliver aggregates by rail to the high-speed rail project’s main construction compounds.
As part of the Great North Rail Project, Network Rail is investing £36 million to transform Manchester’s railway signalling system and improve journeys for passengers and freight.
Over the next decade, up to 15,000 freight trains will haul 10 million tonnes of aggregate to HS2 construction sites, representing a massive reduction in carbon emissions and marking a significant investment for Britain’s rail freight sector.
As part of Global Railway Review’s ‘The Future of Rail Freight’ series, John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the increased global focus on sustainability will hopefully result in a more successful rail freight industry.
GB Railfreight - the third largest rail freight operator in the United Kingdom - has announced that it has appointed Tim Hartley as Business Development Director.