VTG Rail has awarded a new long-term contract to Yellow Rail to provide wagon maintenance services at one of the largest rail freight operations in the UK.
The company will be maintaining VTG’s 620-wagon, hopper and box wagon fleets from the Merehead (Torr Quarry) and Whatley maintenance facilities for VTG’s client Mendip Rail (MRL).
“Our company vision is to increase our capability in order to become more important to our customers. The extension of our freight service portfolio to include freight maintenance is demonstration that we are progressing in our ambition. We are delighted and grateful that VTG Rail and MRL has given the company this exciting opportunity, in return we will deliver the improved services required,” Andy Kevins, Managing Director of Yellow Rail, said.
The provision of wagon maintenance services includes freight maintenance, wagon repair, fleet planning, supply chain and materials management, 24-hour mainline call out, engineering and logistics.
MRL is a joint venture between two of the UK’s largest aggregate and cement producers Hanson Aggregates and Aggregate Industries.
A volume of more than 9 million tonnes of aggregate is moved each year from the quarries in the Mendips in North Somerset to terminals in London and the South East, for use in various construction projects including HS2, housing and road improvements.
“As the UK’s largest lessor of rail freight wagons, VTG recognises the key role it plays in enabling its customers to move large quantities of product by rail rather than road, supporting the drive towards long-term sustainability. Our relationship with Mendip Rail goes back a very long way, and providing them with the best possible service, thereby enabling their business to operate to its maximum capabilities, is absolutely crucial,” Colin Denman, Managing Director of VTG Rail UK said.
Yellow Rail is the service arm of the Yellow Group of companies, delivering safety critical services to passenger and freight sectors in the UK, from our Derby service centre site or remotely.