Network Rail opens track materials recycling centre


Used railway track materials are to be recycled at Network Rail’s new recycling centre in Cambridgeshire.

Over 500 miles of used rail, 800 switches and crossings and 50,000 tonnes of ballast will be recycled at the facility in Whitemoor Yard, in March, Cambridgeshire.


The centre should save Network Rail £7 million a year in landfill tax.

Network Rail National Delivery Service director Martin Elwood said: “The new national recycling centre is at the heart of our efforts to drive down the cost of Britain’s railways and make the industry more sustainable.

“Our work to maintain, renew and enhance the railway means we have to deal responsibly with hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste every year. Our facility at Whitemoor Yard will play a massive role in minimising both the financial and environmental impact of this waste, creating new products which can be used on the railway or sold on at a profit.”