Our specialist engineering teams that work on the railway rely on being supplied with the materials and equipment that they need at the right time. Gascoigne Wood is our new construction and logistics hub for the eastern section of the Transpennine Route Upgrade, which covers Leeds to York.
The site, which has a rail connection, fabrication area and state-of-the-art office facilities, is on the location on a remote former coalmine complex, repurposing the site in an area that will cause minimal disturbance to the public.
The Hub is powered by renewable electricity from the neighbouring biomass plant, reducing our carbon footprint and has space to allow for future expansion and rail-connected business growth. It is already supporting the local community through several successful apprenticeship and KickStart schemes.
The fabrication area has a dedicated siding connected to the main rail network, enabling the delivery in, storing, fabrication and delivery out of track and materials by rail to sites on the nearby Transpennine Route Upgrade scheme.
This avoids the need for components to be moved between various parts of the country to be fabricated, then brought back by rail to worksites on the Transpennine Route Upgrade, significantly reducing our carbon footprint.
It enables materials and equipment to be stored ready for use here, rather than at smaller satellite compounds near local communities, improving efficiency and reducing noise and disruption from residents. Overhead line equipment (OLE) components are also be fabricated here.