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New opportunities created by power station rail project in North Yorkshire

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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 Ferrybridge rail yard into a dedicated site to rebrand and maintain the power station’s fleet of 225 unique freight wagons, which secured local jobs in the process.

The managing director of 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, managing director of Davis.

“The success of the project has given huge confidence to our people and the business. We can now look at fully utilising 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.”

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