The Ministry of Defence has awarded a £28 million contract to EWS Network covering its strategic rail capability and mainline rail freight services.
The contract is for four years and also covers the maintenance of the MoD’s wagon fleet.
EWS Network will supply locomotives to pull the MoD’s own fleet of railway wagons, as well as providing specialist services use the EWS wagon fleet as required. In an average year the MoD use around 8,000 wagon movements on Britain’s rail network.
Brigadier Jeff Mason, DSCOM director, said: “The national railway network is a vital strategic transport asset for MoD. We will take full advantage of it under this contract to continue to move by rail a wide range of armoured vehicles and material. Moving these items by rail saves on road transport costs and exploits MoD’s existing rail assets. It also meets the MoD’s commitment to greener issues.”