Cricklewood freight terminal approved

BARNET Council has given its approval for a new railfreight terminal on railway land at Cricklewood, north London.

The extensive site, at the south end of the Midland Main Line, close to the North Circular Road, is regarded as one of the few remaining sites in the capital suitable to handle construction traffic for the planned £4.5billion Brent Cross housing regeneration scheme.

Railfreight traffic for the construction industry is currently buoyant, with new terminals opening and additional wagons being introduced. One occasional ‘as-required’ runner is the 02.38 Merehead Quarry-Chichester Yard. Mendip Rail has a five-year contract with DB Cargo to operate a number of its trains to various locations across the south of England. On a sunny February 6, No. 59204 waits patiently at Dudman’s ‘virtual quarry’ while its bogie box wagons are unloaded by grab discharge. JOHN VAUGHAN

Around 7,000-8,000 new dwellings are planned for the area, and without this facility it was feared all construction materials would have to be delivered by road – further increasing congestion and pollution levels and posing additional safety risks to residents.

Up to three trains each day will serve the terminal, five days a week, carrying around 1,700 tonnes of aggregates, which will be taken onto construction sites by up to 452 lorry movements per day.

The facility is jointly promoted by DB Cargo and Barnet Council and has been designed to meet the latest standards for noise reduction, fencing, lighting and screening, with adaptations to the local road network to minimise adverse impacts on its neighbours.

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