The disused March Up Yard is to return to use with GB Railfreight.
The freight operator is refurbishing the sidings to the east of March station. When complete, they will be used initially for stabling and maintaining the wagons used on the Middleton Towers sand traffic, as well as aggregates trains.
GBRf says the site is just over three acres and can accommodate trains up to 320 metres in length. In time, intermodal trains will also use the facility. Consideration is being given to installing a fuel point, while new fencing and acoustic barriers will reduce the impact of noise for residents.
GBRf also operates the Whitemoor Yard facility for Network Rail, as well as using the former wagon shed in the Down Yard for wagon maintenance.
“It will help reduce emissions and save costs in terms of running several hundred empty miles each week to get our wagons serviced,” said GBRf Managing Director John Smith.
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