Network Rail has completed modification work to the network at Newhaven Marine Station. This will help develop rail freight capacity and supports a low-carbon economy by removing the need for lorries on local roads.
The work has been completed in partnership with Brett Aggregates and the Newhaven Port Authority.
Thursday 18 June 2020 saw the first DB Cargo freight train and Class 66 No. 66113 enter the Newhaven Marine Aggregates Terminal.
Transporting freight by rail removes HGVs from the roads locally and also around the UK. One train can carry as much as 76 HGVs.
Shaun King, route director Sussex, said: “The local communities we serve are vital to our success, so I am really proud of our team who worked hard on this important project to ensure the delivery of local benefits. The Newhaven terminal will create jobs, remove vehicles from our roads as well as contribute to our growing rail freight network.”
Andy Saunders, delivery director, Freight and National Passenger Operators (FNPO), said: “The successful completion of the Newhaven terminal is a great example of collaborative working between Network Rail and partners from the freight and construction industries in order to grow the amount of freight our customers can transport by rail.”
Roger Neary, Head of Sales at DB Cargo UK, said: “The construction sector is seen by Government as a key enabler to economic regeneration post-Covid 19, so services like this have an increasingly important role to play in the future of our country.
“We have a long-established relationship with Brett Aggregates and delivering the first train into the newly-refurbished station was a great honour for us. We look forward to working with all those involved to develop further rail freight solutions in the future.”
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