Freightliner plans new Ipswich depot – and more Class 90s?

Freightliner has submitted a planning application to build a new locomotive and wagon maintenance facility at its Ipswich Yard site.

The depot will feature a fuelling point, a 54-metre long maintenance shed with overhead cranes, and an inspection pit and a wheel lathe for locomotives and wagons.

The new facility is expected to create 20 jobs in the Suffolk town. 

As predicted by many, Freightliner could soon acquire more Class 90s from those due to be released by Greater Anglia at the end of this year. Nos. 90046/047 pass Brock, north of Preston, with the 4S43 Coatbridge-Daventry, early on December 24, 2018.  JOHN HALES

Meanwhile, up to eight Class 90s freed from inter-city work by Greater Anglia could be on their way to Freightliner to replace Class 86s. 

The 1987/88-built locomotives are due to be replaced by Stadler Class 745s this year, and are set to come off lease from Porterbrook in December. 

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