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  • First steps

  • Train tracks (switches and crossings)  

    The starting point for your scheme is to make contact with one of our freight managers who provide support right across the whole network. Find the freight manager for your area .

    The freight manager will provide outline guidance to developers in a number of areas:

    • Identifying new sites and their potential
    • Any sites available from our property holdings
    • Rail freight market potential of your scheme
    • Terminal types and designs
    • Network capacity and capability
    • 'Ball park' cost estimates for new and refurbished connections
    • Contact details for rail freight industry service suppliers, including:
       - Freight hauliers
       - Consultants
       - Wagon and equipment providers
       - Construction companies
    • Introduce you to our project and technical managers when your scheme moves forward towards construction
    • Help and support as your scheme develops

    It is possible that your requirements can be met via a rail freight location that is already in use, in which case the Senior Route Freight Manager can provide a contact with the existing user with whom you could negotiate access.

    Formal proposals

    If your scheme develops firmly towards procuring a new or refurbished connection the Senior Route Freight Manager will help the developer to put together a formal proposal which contains:

    • An outline plan of the scheme
    • Information about the rail market being sought
    • Network impact, e.g. number of trains and where they may run
    • Options for connection to the network
    • Internal rail layout

    This information will form the initial client specification for the scheme which we will assign to a project sponsor. The sponsor will progress the project, taking over as your main contact from the freight manager.

    The sponsor will ensure that the necessary technical expertise is procured to develop the scheme.

    Once a plan has been agreed a commercial agreement will need to be signed which will set out your requirements and timescale for construction.

    Next step: Construction