HRH The Princess Royal Opens New Jaguar Railhead At Castle Bromwich Birmingham - A £10m Facility | Part Two

The £10m facility consists of two rail sidings linked to the adjacent West Coast main line. Each siding will accommodate a locomotive and wagons capable of transporting 210 vehicles. Some 50,000 vehicles a year will leave the rail terminal for sale in Jaguar’s 63 overseas sales markets – making it one of the busiest heavy freight railheads in the country.

Each train will carry a mix of Coventry-built XJ saloons and XK sports cars and Castle Bromwich-built S-TYPE sports saloons.

Mike Beasley, who recently announced that he will be retiring after the launch of the new XJ range, added: "I am delighted that the railhead project has been completed in time for the start of the new Jaguar XJ’s roll-out around the world. The new XJ is without doubt the most technically advanced car ever produced by Jaguar and the new rail terminal adds weight to these credentials with the environmental and efficiency benefits it delivers to our logistics activity in the UK."

Together with the rail terminal at Castle Bromwich’s sister-plant at Halewood on Merseyside – home of the Jaguar X-TYPE – the company expects to take over 70 million truck miles off the UK road network over the next decade, making a major contribution to the Government’s £4 billion commitment to transfer freight traffic from road to rail during the same timeframe.

As well as moving finished vehicles from Castle Bromwich, the rail terminal has been constructed to enable it to receive inbound deliveries of components. Development work on this element, which will also deliver environmental benefits to the UK road network and further logistical benefits to the company, is continuing.

The Castle Bromwich railhead project has been completed with support from partners Network Rail, the Strategic Rail Authority and Advantage West Midlands. Jaguar’s infrastructure partners were Bride Parks and the construction work was carried out by Birse Civils Ltd. The terminal’s rail operations will be undertaken by STVA (UK) and EWS.

Published 19 March 2003 Melanie Carter

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