Improving freight train services in Buxton – the plans
As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, we are investing to improve Britain’s freight network. Improvements have been made at Chinley, Manton (in Leicestershire) and Sundon (between Bedford and Luton) to cater for longer and heavier freight trains from the quarries in Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
The final stage of investment within this programme includes an extension to the existing sidings facilities at Hogshaw in Buxton. Facilities at the Hindlow and Dowlow quarries will also be modified. This will increase the freight capacity on the railway, which helps to:
- support local quarry businesses to help the regional and national economy
- promote environmentally sustainable growth (rail freight is a greener, safer alternative to road haulage)
- manage congestion on the road network.
We want to extend the existing rail freight sidings in the Hogshaw area of Buxton beyond the existing Network Rail land boundary.
Currently, rail freight routes from Hindlow and Buxton are able to accommodate freight services up to 400m in length.
Network Rail plans to extend the existing freight and track sidings at Hogshaw in Buxton by approximately 445m to the north to help increase freight capacity.
In addition to the extra track we would install a drainage system and low level lighting within the sidings area. In order to maintain the current public right of way over the railway we will also be looking to provide a new footbridge over the newly extended track.
The site at Hogshaw
The scheme requires an extension of the existing sidings into adjoining land to the north. The new track will cut through land previously used as a tip (Hogshaw refuse tip) and farmland. Part of the disused tip is designated as a Derbyshire Local Wildlife Site, and Nun Brook passes the site to the east.
Outside the site but nearby there is a football pitch and playground to the south and a number of residential properties. The closest residential areas include: Hogshaw Villas Road; Lightwood Avenue; Lightwood Villas Road; Nunsfield Road; Brown Edge Road; and Hogshaw Drive.
We expect the construction period to take about 15 months. Most work will be carried out during standard construction working hours and will be managed through agreement with High Peak Council. However, working hours may change subject to working requirements, to help keep our employees safe.
This could mean some night time work. Construction materials will predominantly be brought to site by road. Materials may be brought to site by rail. Work to build the new track will take place in stages, which could include:
- setting up site compounds and temporary track access points located on the agricultural field at the northern end of the site
- creating a temporary haul road from the A6 to the main compound area
- extending the existing footpath over the new siding with a new footbridge
- undertaking ground works to improve drainage
- setting up areas within the site to store excavated materials.
What happens next?
In September 2016 Network Rail is submitted a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application to the Secretary of State for Transport.