June 03, 2014

First trains run on Doncaster North Chord

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First trains run on Doncaster North Chord GB Railfreight

A MILESTONE was reached on a key capacity enhancement project in northeast England on June 1, when GB Railfreight operated the first test train over the newly-completed Doncaster North Chord.

The £45m 3.2km link will enable coal trains travelling from the Humber ports to reach power stations in the Aire Valley without traversing a section of the busy East Coast Main Line (ECML). On a typical weekday around 30 coal trains link the port of Immingham with power stations at Eggborough and Ferrybridge.

The centrepiece of the project is a 246m-long six-span viaduct at Shaftholme, which will carry freight trains across the ECML connecting the Grimsby – Doncaster and Doncaster – Knottingley lines.

The current layout of the junctions means coal trains are forced to travel via a 23km stretch of the ECML between Doncaster and Hambleton Junction near Selby.

The first revenue-earning service (pictured below) ran on June 1 and was operated by Freightliner.

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