South Humber Bank route highlighted for £15.5m gauge improvements works
VITAL LINK: Gauge enhancement route on the South Humber Bank. Red is to be done, with blue already cleared to the required W12 gauge.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Jul 2017
THE rail route set to benefit from £15.5 million gauge enhancements across the South Humber Bank, and the vitality of it as it connects the nation, has been unveiled with the release of this graphic.
As reported, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed a £7.2 million Local Growth Fund grant, almost matching the confirmed contributions from Network Rail (£7.5 million) and North Lincolnshire Council (£800,000).
The works will ensure the smooth link between vessel and the most cost-effective method of transporting larger containers inland, keeping Port of Immingham as a leader in freight handling in the UK, and a strategic part of the trans-Atlantic trade corridor between the US and Europe.
FUNDING STOP: Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Rob Waltham, left, is joined by Kishor Tailor, chief executive of Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and Richard Igguldent, Network Rail's senior development manager for strategic freight at Scunthorpe Railway Station.
Gauge enhancement work is required on the route taking in Killingholme, Immingham and Doncaster, includes addressing bridge limitations for height and width implications with existing platforms. Other structures will also be removed.
Works that will be carried out throughout the scheme include bridge reconstruction, track lowering through bridges, copper realignment at platform edges and signal relocation. The vast majority of the works will take place during the no trains periods at weekends - late Saturday night into Sunday morning - and during Christmas Day/Boxing Day.
It is all because of the standard size changes for containers, shifting to high cube, adding a foot to the height, to make transportation of goods more efficient.
Work is expected to be complete by January 2019.
Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the investment decision, underlining the importance of a partner approach.
Dave Hooper, external affairs manager for the business network and lobbying organisation, said: “This is excellent news for the South Humber ports – it is a project which is a regular topic of discussion at the Chamber’s Shipping and Transport Committee, so it is great to see the money being made available at last for some essential work which will ensure the continued growth and prosperity of some of the country’s leading port facilities.
“It just serves to prove once again what can be achieved when all local stakeholders are pulling in the same direction.”
Calling for a similar scheme on the North Bank to resolve issues between Hull and Gilberdyke, he added: “The more containers that can be transported by rail means less pressure on our increasingly busy road network – and that can only be a good thing.”
Major new port deal will see 30,000 more containers enter and leave Hull every year