A 12.9km long disused freight railway line in Cymgrach, South Wales has been resurrected for coal producer Unity Mine to enable it to reduce lorry movements.
The project was in part a collaboration between Network Rail and DB Schenker Rail. The new freight train — operated three times a week by DB Schenker — to Aberthaw will haul 21 wagons, each holding 70t of coal and will eliminate the need for 49 lorries a day by Unity.
“Without the railway, the anticipated growth in freight traffic over the next 30 years would mean an extra 1.5M lorry journeys on Britain’s roads each year,” said Network Rail Wales route managing director Mark Langman. “Each freight train can take up to 60 lorries off the roads and by shifting traffic from already congested roads to rail will bring greater future benefits.”