The Reopening of Leyland Rail Freight Terminal

Delivering the reopening of Leyland Rail Freight Terminal in a remarkably short space of time.

 

Freightliner class 66 loco at Leyland Rail Freight Terminal.

The Freightliner team working together with our partners, Tarmac, Fox Group and Network Rail, were able to deliver a remarkable outcome in an incredibly short space of time.

The Freightliner team working together with our partners were able to deliver a remarkable outcome in an incredibly short space of time. The team delivered the reopening of Leyland Rail Freight terminal and logistics were mobilised within 4 weeks. The Leyland Sidings had been lying dormant for nearly 20 years, but through quick actions and teamwork, we were able to deliver the first commercial freight service to serve the terminal for two decades which will now be used to receive aggregate traffic from the Peak District.

The project was not delivered without several challenges including, contending with the busy West Coast Mainline and finding a suitable train paths at short notice with complicated infrastructure that also minimised line occupancy. The team also devised a method of work that allowed the trains to propel into the terminal under the control of a Person In Charge (POC) – whilst this is typical for older terminals, it is not the norm for newer terminals, however the team achieved smooth operations with no increased risk to safety.

This project is particularly important for the future of rail freight, as it demonstrates the flexibility and power that rail can deliver, including at urban terminals, showcasing the possibilities and decarbonisation benefits of rail against other modes of transport.