Freightliner plans new locomotive maintenance facility

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Photo: Freightliner.
Photo: Freightliner.

Freightliner has released plans to build a state-of-the-art locomotive and wagon maintenance and fuelling facility at its Ranelagh Road freight yard in Ipswich.

Around 20 skilled and semi-skilled jobs will be created as a result of the “multi-million pound investment”, according to the freight company.

After evaluating various sites across the country, Ipswich was chosen because of its proximity to the Port of Felixstowe – the UK’s largest maritime port, from which Freightliner operates 22 trains a day.

The 54m-long facility will be a steel-framed building and include an inspection pit, two overhead cranes and an extended on-site car park for staff. It will also house a wheel lathe used to maintain and re-profile wagon and locomotive wheel sets, which Freightliner said will be the first of its kind in that part of the UK.


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