Freightliner purchases 14 Class 59 locomotives as Mendip Rail contract continues

Freightliner Class 59 locomotive
Credit: Freightliner

Back in November 2019, Freightliner began a long-term contract with Mendip Rail Ltd to transport aggregate from quarries owned by Hanson and Aggregate Industries.

Since the contract began, Freightliner has continued to haul aggregates from quarries in the Mendips, North Somerset, to terminals in London and South Eastern England.

Despite pandemic challenges, Freightliner has continued to operate the services for Mendip Rail to ensure construction projects can continue.

“I am delighted with how well the contract with Freightliner is progressing and, in particular, the professionalism, flexibility and resilience demonstrated by their bulk haulage team in keeping vital construction materials moving during these challenging times,” said Mendip Rail’s Director, Jason Black.

As part of the contract, Freightliner purchased eight Class 59 locomotives from Mendip Rail, and the first Class 59 was recently repainted into Freightliner livery.

Furthermore, an additional six Class 59 locomotives were purchased from DB Cargo UK. However, further repaints of the fleet have been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

“Rail freight is key to meeting the decarbonisation targets set by government while also relieving congestion on busy roads,” said Freightliner Bulk Commercial Director, David Israel. “Rail freight will also have a key role to play in supporting the recovery of the wider UK economy as we emerge from lockdown. The Freightliner/Mendip partnership is ensuring that vital supplies of aggregate continue to be made available for construction works in London and the South East during these unprecedented and difficult times.”

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  1. The 16cyl GM’s have certainly earned their keep, always seem to have a little more charisma(?) than the 66’s. Continue to be in good hands with Frieghtliner I think.


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