Stanton Gate freight sidings north of Toton have been brought out of mothballs for a new fragmented steel contract to Immingham, marking the first step towards an ambitious revival for the once-busy yard.
GB Railfreight was responding to a request to shift 1,400 tonnes of material to Immingham, as part of trials to assess the site’s suitability.
The 200-acre Stanton Gate site, on the outskirts of Ilkeston, was once a steel works. Around 25 years ago, it was used as a dumping ground for Toton locomotives destined for scrapyards. It is now owned by Verdant Regeneration, a joint venture between Ward and Trust Utility Management.