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Immingham rail route to go high-cube

[ October 12, 2018   //   ]

Work is underway to upgrade the rail route between Doncaster and Immingham for high-cube containers. National track operator Network Rail is partnering with the Humber LEP and North Lincolnshire Council to invest more than £15m to enlarge the route, which can currently only accept high-cube boxes on low-platform wagons.

The project involves 29 ‘interventions’ such as station platform alterations and work on three road bridges.

Route managing director for Network Rail, Rob McIntosh, explained: “The northern Lincolnshire ports are an essential part of the freight network and this improved route will allow onward distribution from Doncaster to Scotland, the Midlands and beyond.  This in turn will support the growth of local businesses at the ports and in the distribution network as well as preventing the need for goods to be transported on the road network.”

ABP has announced a £36 million expansion plan at the port of Immingham, where box traffic has increased from 68,000 containers in 2013 to 183,000 in 2017.

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