Freight operator Direct Rail Services says it will get stronger and more competitive following the creation of Nuclear Transport Solutions.
Launched on April 19, Nuclear Transport Solutions (NTS) is part of the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency (NDA) group and includes DRS, International Nuclear Services (INS) and Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd (PNTL).
It will specialise in the operational, commercial, engineering, legal and regulatory experience for the sector’s transport and logistic operations.
DRS aims to increase the number of freight trains it runs, including its intermodal operations, with Scotland viewed as a growth area.
The operator has also joined the calls for in-fill electrification to help reduce rail freight’s carbon footprint.
“We have created NTS to become the leading global provider of safe, secure and reliable nuclear transport solutions - building on the experience and capabilities of DRS, INS and PNTL to deliver great value for our UK and international customers,” said NTS Chief Executive Seth Kybird.
“We’re proud of how we use our expertise to make the world safer and more sustainable, whether that’s by supporting the clean-up of the UK’s nuclear legacy, using our high-security shipping capabilities to support global security goals, or providing low-carbon rail freight solutions that takes more lorries off our roads.”
NTS Deputy CEO and Rail Director Chris Connelly added: “NTS brings together a wide variety of knowledge, skills and talent into one organisation. It’s a fantastic opportunity and being part of it will make DRS stronger, more competitive and able to offer a broader range of services to our customers.”
The DRS branding will remain for the time being, but it’s expected that a new logo and livery will be created in the longer term.
The operator’s core work remains moving nuclear flasks across the country, but it also runs intermodal and automotive services, as well as providing drivers and haulage for Network Rail’s seasonal operations along with other NR trains.