Drax: New opportunities created by power station rail project

By Drax Group | March 04, 2019

The partnership between Drax Power Station, near Selby, in North Yorkshire and Davis Wagon Services saw a new fleet of freight wagons designed and built by WH Davis Ltd. to deliver the biomass needed to produce renewable electricity for millions of homes.

It also enabled Davis Wagon Services, a North Lincolnshire-based rail firm, to invest £850,000 in revamping a mothballed Ferrybridge rail yard as a dedicated site to rebrand and maintain the power station’s fleet of 225 unique freight wagons, securing local jobs in the process.

The project has now won the Asset Management and Excellence category in the Rail Business Awards—its second accolade in the last six months—and the Managing Directorof Davis Wagon Services says that, due to the backing from Drax, there are now opportunities to extend the maintenance work at Ferrybridge, creating more jobs.

“I’m immensely proud of the team here and at Drax for what we have achieved working together,” said John Hall, MD of Davis.

“The success of the project has given huge confidence to our people and the business. We can now look at fully utilizing the yard and taking on heavier maintenance, which could reduce the need to outsource work.

“That would bring immediate benefits both in reducing our carbon footprint, as we could do the work on-site, so we wouldn’t have to send wagons elsewhere, and also in securing the employment we currently have and creating more roles in the future.”

Drax Power CEO Andy Koss said, “I’m delighted this project is receiving the industry recognition it deserves.

“Not only has it supported a local business and revitalized a disused facility within the Northern Powerhouse region, but these rail wagons also play a vital role in helping to ensure Drax receives the biomass we need to produce renewable electricity for millions of homes and businesses.”

The Rail Business Award is the second accolade the project has won, having been named Project of the Year by industry body the Rail Freight Group last September.