HNRC buys Work­sop de­pot as part of ex­pan­sion plans

Rail (UK) - - Fleet News - Richard Clin­nick richard.clin­[email protected]­me­ @Clin­nick1 As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor

HARRY Nee­dle Rail­road Com­pany has pur­chased Work­sop Wagon Re­pair De­pot.

HNRC Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Harry Nee­dle told RAIL that the de­pot is part of an ex­pan­sion of the com­pany’s ex­ist­ing port­fo­lio, and that more de­tails would be avail­able in the near fu­ture fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with po­ten­tial clients.

He con­firmed that work at the site would in­clude in­stal­la­tion of a wheel lathe, a bo­gie drop, cre­at­ing a light in­spec­tion point, and in­stalling over­head cranes.

Nee­dle said that the site was be­ing mod­ernised, in­clud­ing the re­moval of a car park and the ex­ten­sion of sid­ings. The for­ma­tion in the yard was also be­ing re-laid.

The site will com­ple­ment HNRC’s Bar­row Hill site, which is cur­rently used for all con­tract work in­clud­ing main­te­nance of lo­co­mo­tives hired to op­er­a­tors in­clud­ing Co­las Rail­freight and GB Rail­freight, as well as re­pairs of lo­co­mo­tives from preser­va­tion and main line op­er­a­tors.

A de­ci­sion has still to be made on the stor­age of ex­ist­ing HNRCowned lo­co­mo­tives not in traf­fic but which are lo­cated at other com­pany’s de­pots, such as Class 08s, ‘09s’ and ‘20s’ at Neme­sis Rail’s Bur­ton facility.

The Work­sop site has been bought from DB Cargo, which will re­tain its lease­hold in­ter­est in the Work­sop Down Re­cep­tion Sid­ings. The two com­pa­nies have agreed to a Con­nec­tion Con­tract to en­sure the fa­cil­i­ties re­main con­nected.

The con­tract is based closely on the Of­fice of Rail and Road’s Model Clause Con­tract, but will still be sub­mit­ted to the reg­u­la­tor rather than un­der the Gen­eral Ap­proval process as it does not in­volve con­nec­tion of the ad­ja­cent facility to the Net­work Rail net­work.

DB and HNRC have also agreed that the lat­ter will hold the ac­cess rights for all rail ve­hi­cles mov­ing to and from the Wagon Re­pair De­pot across DB’s Re­cep­tion Sid­ings.

The two com­pa­nies plan to en­ter a Facility Ac­cess Con­tract which must be ap­proved.

Other op­er­a­tors are in­vited to com­ment on the pro­pos­als. The con­sul­ta­tion closes at 1700 on Fe­bru­ary 4.

An aerial shot of the de­pot at Work­sop, be­ing ac­quired by Harry Nee­dle Rail­road Com­pany. HNRC.

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