Freightliner in waste deal

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Freightliner and Covanta Energy have signed a deal to create a facility for rail transport of rubbish from Cardiff to the proposed £400m Covanta, Brig y Cwm energy from waste plant in Merthyr Tydfil.

The agreement is for a rail-linked transfer station to be sited at Freightliner’s South Wales International Freight Terminal at Wentloog. This will have the capacity to handle all of Cardiff’s waste.

David Israel, commercial director for Freightliner Heavy Haul, said: “The waste facility will enhance the terminal and sits alongside the existing deep sea and domestic services offered through the terminal. This is the first part of a long standing development which will eventually see Freightliner transporting fuel into Covanta’s Brig y Cwm site by rail.”

Covanta Energy’s UK managing director Malcolm Chilton said: “It will use the same roadway as Lamby Way landfill site, which is due to close this year, so there will be no increase in traffic used to transport waste.”

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