Colas Rail UK’s Freight team have expanded their delivery portfolio with long-time clients, Kronospan with the addition of a new environmentally friendly service from Aberystwyth to Chirk with support from Network Rail in a first for locomotives utilising the Cambrian rail route in over 25 years.

The service was rolled out after a successful trial in late April, with Network Rail’s Class 97 fleet operated by our Freight team along with support from our Class 37s to haul approximately 700 tonnes of timber from Aberystwyth through to the Kronospan manufacturing plant in Chirk, North Wales on a weekly basis.

The service removes 16 Heavy Goods vehicles from the road, saving a quarter of a tonne in carbon.