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Buckingham breaks ground on £25m haulage centre

5 Oct 12 Contractor Buckingham has been appointed is to build a £25m road haulage distribution centre for Network Rail on the site of the former Peugeot plant at Ryton in the West Midlands.

The groundbreaking ceremony
The groundbreaking ceremony

The 300,000-sq ft centre will be a hub for Network Rail’s National Delivery Service (NDS). It will centralise previously leased properties in Lichfield, Worcester and Ludgershall.

The site is being acquired from Prologis and it is anticipated that the new distribution centre will open its doors in July 2013. The former Peugeot plant was closed in 2006. Originally it produced aircraft engines during the Second World War.

Network Rail NDS director Martin Elwood said: “Network Rail’s first preference is to transport goods by rail. This is not always the right solution so we have an extensive road fleet to transport goods and equipment to our work sites and depots. By bringing the logistics for this together at Ryton we can offer a more effective and efficient service for Network Rail. This will mean reduced costs and faster turnaround times when we do work on the railway.”

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