As part of improving Britain’s railways, Network Rail is recovering materials from redundant lines throughout the UK. VGC secured the contract to undertake this work in the Nottingham area in 2011.
The work was carried out at two locations. At Clipstone conventional plant was used to recover and transport sleepers, fittings, rail and turnouts to central collection points along the rail corridor. The rail recovery work at Denby required the use of road rail machines to handle and transport the materials. Particular care was needed in handling materials intended for re-use. All works were carried out with qualified track personnel under Network Rail rules and procedures.
The high price of scrap materials at the time the works were carried out increased the risk of theft and vandalism which necessitated VGC implementing strict security measures throughout. VGC successfully completed the works within the agreed contract period.