New purchase leads to greater customer benefits

Coil Operations AVD2This March saw AV Dawson complete a deal with Network Rail to take complete control of the sidings linking our existing 80 acre site to the East Coast Mainline.

The 99-year lease to manage the Middlesbrough Goods Yard includes all the operational rail sidings, and will form an integral part of the overall intermodal logistics operation at Dawson’s Riverside Park HQ.
For our customers this means they can take advantage of using the firm as a single supplier – from mainline rail through to, road transport, sea terminal or warehouse; reducing costs through improved efficiencies and the integrated infrastructure.
AV Dawson Managing Director, Gary Dawson, said “Taking ownership of the Middlesbrough Goods Yard strategically underpins the £12.5m investments we have made over recent years, and gives our investors and customers increased confidence in their rail served supply chains. Having such a vested interest means that we are committed to improving the integrity of the yard, and plan to expand its capacity through redesign and the laying of additional track. Work on these improvements will begin in Q2 2015.”
The Network Rail deal marks a new model of freight infrastructure ownership, where rail freight end users take direct control of the management and investment in the siding infrastructure which supports their rail business.
Head of Freight Development, Guy Bates, for Network Rail said: “These sidings are a critical holding and marshalling point for traffic originating from and destined to Dawson’s railheads.
“The long term programme of revitalisation and enhancement will see this legacy yard’s layout progressively transformed to be capable of handling the growing traffic base of modern length freight trains.”
AV Dawson opened our new £6.5m steel store in February this year which will be greatly supported by the acquisition of the goods yard.
Gary Dawson continued, “Now we have ownership of the goods yard we can make some much needed improvements to the infrastructure, raising the standards of the tracks to meet the increased traffic and greater train lengths, improving cost efficiency for our customers.”
We are a key player in the automotive steel logistics industry across the North East and more than 270,000 tonnes of steel per year will arrive by rail from Tata Steel in Port Talbot, South Wales before eventually heading by road to Sunderland-based car giant Nissan on the back of our specialist steel coil carrying trailers.
This infrastructure will secure the future for AV Dawson and enable us to build greater relationships with the freight operators and grow our support to the rail industry as a whole.


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