£25m rail / road hub opens

The latest on the official opening of a £25 million road / rail hub built by Network Rail on the former Peugeot factory at Ryton near Coventry, which has created 100 jobs and will be the new national base for the firm's delivery service.

Network Rail opens at former Peugeot site - full report

by Chris Halpin

Seven years ago when french car maker Peugeot closed its factory at Ryton, the employment situation in the area looked pretty bleak.

More than two thousand people were made redundant when production lines stopped at the plant near Coventry in 2006.

The factory is long gone - but now new firms are building big, bringing hundreds of new jobs. Chris Halpin went to see the first company to move in - Network Rail.

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Thousands of parts in new rail distribution centre

Network Rail's new road and rail hub near Coventry stores hundreds of thousands of parts, to be distributed nationwide.

Inside the new distribution centre at Network Rail Credit: ITV News Central

The rail company are opening their new distribution centre on the site of the old Peugeot factory, at Ryton. The centre currently houses 150,000 parts, ready to be taken around the country.

Network Rail: Ryton hub means more 'efficient' service

Speaking about the opening of Network Rail's new road/rail hub at Ryton in Warwickshire, the head of the company's National Delivery Service said:

"Network Rail's first preference is to transport goods by rail. This is not always the right solution so we have an extensive road fleet to transport goods and equipment to our work sites and depots.

By bringing the logistics for this together at Ryton we can offer a more effective and efficient service for Network Rail. This will mean reduced costs and faster turnaround times when we do work on the railway."

– Martin Elwood, director of Network Rail National Delivery Service

What will Network Rail's new road / rail hub do?

Network Rail's new road haulage distribution centre is described as a 'significant' base for the firm's rail upgrade work.

The £25 million hub has been built at Ryton near Coventry because of its central location, close to the A45.

Here are some facts and figures about the new building and how it will help Network Rail's National Delivery Service (NDS).

  • New building covers 300,000 sq ft
  • Construction of the new hub took 11 months
  • New site has created 100 jobs
  • Road vehicles based there will supply 150,000 parts nationwide
  • Will make 50,000 deliveries every year
  • Replaces three former sites at Worcester, Lichfield and Ludgershall in Wiltshire
  • Help to maintain 1,250 vehicles in the rail fleet
  • Work in conjunction with the NDS control centre in Milton Keynes managing rail upgrade work
  • NDS team manages 28,000 work sites, 8,000 engineering trains and 17,000 on-track machines annually

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Coventry new national hub for Network Rail on the road

An aerial view of the site which is near the A45 and has close links to the rail network Credit: Network Rail

Bosses at Network Rail will today officially unveil its new hub for the firm's road vehicles which has been built at Ryton near Coventry.

The project cost £25 million and is on the site of the former Peugeot factory which closed in 2006.

The site will become a 'significant' hub for delivering parts around the rail network Credit: Network Rail

The new building covers 300,000 square feet and is being described as a 'significant' base for the rail company's fleet of road vehicles.

Network Rail's National National Delivery Service supplies 150,000 parts for trains and infrastructure, and the new site was chosen for its close location to the A45 and close links to railway lines.

The new building took 11 months to build and covers 300,000 sq ft Credit: Network Rail

Work began on site just over a year ago and the building has been operational since this August.

Network Rail opens £25m road haulage hub in Coventry

The new site at Ryton will be the national base for Network Rail's road vehicles Credit: PA

Network Rail is today opening a £25 million road haulage distribution centre at Ryton in Warwickshire which has created 100 jobs.

The site near Coventry is on the former Peugeot plant which closed in 2006.

It replaces three smaller bases in Lichfield, Worcester and Ludgershall in Wiltshire which bosses say will save £5 million a year in rent.