GBRf orders box wagons for more freight capacity

JNA-X box wagons GB Railfreight (GBRf) and Porterbrook have entered into an agreement for the production and purchase of 50 new JNA-X box wagons to be manufactured by Greenbrier.

The new wagons, arriving in the UK in Q3 2024, will replace aging assets while also enabling an increase in the nation’s rail freight capacity.

Supporting the expected growth in freight for the construction sector, GB Railfreight will operate these wagons to transport bulk construction materials such as ballast and stone.

“Working in partnership with Porterbrook, we’re modernising our fleet by investing in 50 brand new box wagons. These will drive further growth of the business and allow us to deliver more materials to key construction projects across the country,” Liam Day, Commercial Director of GB Railfreight, said.

Each of the new box wagons will have a capacity for up to 77 tonnes of bulk material which will result in the removal of 129 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) off congested roads in the UK.

“We are delighted to continue our journey with GB Railfreight and the rail freight sector. This deal highlights our ongoing commitment to investing in rail freight for the long-term and to providing affordable, innovative and sustainable freight rolling stock to the UK’s railway,” Mark Wyborn, the Head of Freight and Route Services at Porterbrook, said.

The deal marks continued investment into the rail freight sector, adding to the existing 100 intermodal twin wagons and 50 JNA-X box wagons delivered to the UK rail network since 2022.

“We are thrilled to receive a new order for JNA box wagons from two of our valued customers, showcasing their confidence in our industry leading solutions. This order highlights Greenbrier dedication to the UK Rail industry providing reliable and efficient rolling stock to meet the evolving needs of our clients,” John Brown, Sales Director at Greenbrier, said.


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