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East Anglia's first specialist rail service centre opens near Bury St Edmunds

The first specialist rail service centre for East Anglia has opened in Suffolk.

National firm Speedy, is supporting track maintenance and renewal contractors in the region by providing low-emission tools and equipment from its site on Grove Farm in Barrow.

The centre will offer a variety of sustainable-battery powered equipment for rail welding and track placements.

Workers repairing train lines.
Workers repairing train lines.

The new centre will be supporting London-based contractor, 1st Inrail, in reducing their carbon footprint in order to meet Network Rail's target for fossil-fuel free sites by 2021.

Director of rail at Speedy, Daryl Doherty, said: "The Anglia region’s rail contractors have historically been under-serviced by hire providers with equipment having to travel so far to reach them. This has put them at a disadvantage for achieving environmental targets due to the emissions associated with high levels of delivery miles.

"Supporting sustainability in the supply chain is critically important to us, with the location of this depot being equally as important to the significant range of eco equipment we’re providing."

Rail crossing.
Rail crossing.

Jamie Kelly, Director of 1st Inrail, added: "The Anglia rail specialist service centre has slashed the distance our equipment deliveries have to travel when working on local projects like the improvement works at Whittlesea Station in Peterborough.

"Previously, we would have had to travel almost 100 miles to source tools and equipment, but the new depot has more than cut this in half, significantly reducing our emissions."

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