Following the reduction in length of coal hopper No. 371051 earlier this year for aggregates traffic, VTG has ordered a further 24 conversions for GB Railfreight.
The fallout from the huge downturn in coal traffic on Britain’s railways continues, but this has coincided with a major upturn in demand for aggregates wagons.
Network Rail is predicting that the rail movement of aggregates, cement and spoil traffic will grow by approximately 22% between 2013 and 2033, while the Mineral Products Association’s outlook predicts that the UK’s requirement for aggregates will rise from 218 million tonnes a year in 2014 to 292 million tonnes in 2030.
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