Wednesday 7th Dec 2016 - Logistics Manager

GB Railfreight invests in wagons for extended contract

GB Railfreight has invested in a new fleet wagons to service a five year contract extension with Sibelco Europe in UK. GBRf will continue to transport silica sand from Sibelco’s quarry in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, to Guardian Industries’ UK plant in Goole, Yorkshire, and Ardagh Group’s UK glass sites in Barnsley and Doncaster.

It is leasing 41 new 101.6 tonne hopper wagons from Nacco Leasing for a minimum of five years, with the option to extend.

The new wagons can hold 70 tonnes each almost double the load of older wagons, and they operate on more efficient and track-friendly bogies.

Andrew Smith, UK logistics manager of Sibelco, said: “The glass industry is incredibly important to Sibelco and maintaining the high quality of our product and service is critical, these new wagons will enable us to supply our customers with confidence for the future.”

John Smith, managing director of GB Railfreight, said: “This contract extension with Sibelco is a primary example of close working between ourselves and the customer to better understand what is needed to improve services. In this case, it was agreed that we would invest in new-build hopper wagons to increase capacity and efficiency.”