GB Railfreight has announced that it has resumed freight services from Cricklewood to Calvert in December 2019.
Trains will operate five times a week between the S Walsh and Sons waste transfer station, at Cricklewood, to FCC Environment’s landfill site in Buckinghamshire, transporting building and construction waste to the landfill site.
The heavy goods trains carry 1,500 tonnes of soil and rubble from significant projects across the country, including the Brent Cross redevelopment and preliminary works being undertaken for the construction of HS2.
Since Cricklewood opened in 2015, more than 1 million metric tonnes of building and construction waste has been moved out of London by rail, from the North London Soils Hub.
The new contract will also ensure fewer journeys are made on roads, as construction waste will be swiftly removed by GBRf trains, contributing to reducing carbon emissions.
GB Railfreight is committed to increasing the number of goods and materials transported via rail freight, which reduces emissions and ensures a more sustainable logistics solution. This is because an average freight train removes 80 truck journeys from the roads every day.
What did the officials say?
John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, said:
“We are delighted to have recommenced services from Cricklewood. We look forward to working with S Walsh and Sons in the future to build a successful partnership.
“This contract is also an important step towards reducing traffic in London and, by extension, improving air quality in the capital. These services provide a vital alternative to road transport and each one removes circa 60 lorries from London’s roads. This is even more important in the context of reducing carbon emissions if we are to reach the Government’s ambitious net zero target by 2050, and we at GBRf are delighted to be able to play our part.”
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