Freight News, Rail

AV Dawson opens new steel shed

[ May 1, 2014   //   ]


AV Dawson is investing £6m in a rail-served steel distribution centre at Middlesbrough to cater for growth in the North-east’s automotive sector.

Dawson’s new automotive shed will be its biggest yet at nearly 300m long and 36m wide and will be capable of providing storage for up to 32,000 tonnes of steel coils. It will have an innovative air handling dehumidification system with heat and power provided from renewable sources. There will be a direct rail connection from nearby Middlesbrough Goods Yard.

The shed is expected to be ready by September this year.

Tata Steel, provides steel for Sunderland-based car maker Nissan, and has been using three of Dawson’s sheds at its Riverside Park base in Middlesbrough – one on the quayside and two at its Ayrton Railhead – to store its automotive steel coils.

Neil McShane, railhead manager of AV Dawson, said: “Our new automotive shed will keep Tata’s steel in pristine condition and will create a flagship storage facility to meet its growth plans in the North East. We’ll be able to store all of Tata’s material in one place with a direct rail link as well as providing space for expansion, and it frees up capacity in our existing automotive stores for new opportunities.

A daily train of 24 rail wagons from Tata Steel in Port Talbot, South Wales will feed the new facility with local hub distribution using the AV Dawson road haulage fleet including specialist steel coil carrying trailers.


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