Network Rail is currently preparing to bid out a multi-year contract for the supply of rails
Companies that want to take part in the bidding procedure need to prove their ability to deliver long rails. DB Cargo is therefore working with Austrian rail manufacturer Voestalpine to take the 108 m long metal parts from Austria to the UK.
Voestalpine has already started to conduct test deliveries. The transport begins in Leoben Donawitz, about an hour north-west of Graz. They continue through Calais and the Channel tunnel to Eastleigh. The transports remain under the direction of DB Cargo for the entire journey.
Regular deliveries at three-week intervals are expected to begin in April 2020
Separately, DB Cargo UK has started work on a multi-million investment programme to improve track and rail infrastructure at three key sites. Over the next twelve months, the UK’s largest railfreight operator will replace more than 20 km of track at its depots at Immingham in North Lincolnshire, Rotherham in South Yorkshire and Toton in Nottinghamshire.
Work started at the weekend in Immingham, with work due to begin at Rotherham at the end of the month. The project was a major investment and would deliver significant operational improvements, according to DB Cargo UK.
At Immingham the upgrade will involve the replacement of track in the sorting sidings where wagon maintenance and refuelling activities are undertaken