November 2013 - Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership

Notes of Discussion
Project:
Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership - Rail
Partner Group
Job No/Ref:
Purpose:
Rail Partner Group Meeting
Date held:
Held at:
Great North Museum
Made by:
Present:
Andrew Carmichael
(AC)
Andy Jameson (AJ)
Anna Fraszczky
Chris Owen (CO)
Dick Phillips (DP)
SENRUG
Ed Hodson
Trevor Watson
John Holwell
Doreen Marsh
Bob Johnson
Mike Page
North Tyneside ITA
Senrug
Malcolms
Network Rail
Sunderland City Council
AECOM
26th November 2013
Paul Davison
Distribution: Rail Partner Group
including non-attendees
Sunderland City Council
Newrail
Port of Blyth
Northumberland
County
Council
Harworth Estates
Eddie Peat (EP)
AECOM
Geoff Clarke (GCl)
Gordon Carr (GCa) CILT
John Bourn (JB) Tyne and Wear LTP Team
(Chair)
Marin
Marinov Newrail
(MMa)
Martin
Murphy NECTAR
(MMu)
AECOM
Paul Davison (PD)
UK Coal
Peter Wood (PW)
Network Rail
Rob Fairy (RF)
Stephen
Psailadis Nexus
(SP)
Gateshead Council
Stuart Corker
Rail Future North East
Tony Walker
Mark Cribbens (MC) Drax Power
Newrail
David Worsley
Apologies:
No.
Item
Introductions
JB thanked Newrail for facilitating meeting. JB informed group that Mike Page had
been taken unwell on a business trip and as such he could not attend.
Action By
Minutes of last meeting and matters arising
Minutes of last meeting were accepted by the group
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Multi Modal Carbon Calculator
PD outlined progress so far related to multi-modal calculator. Case studies are
being developed in response to feedback received from June Rail Partner Group.
SP suggested there could be scope for the tool to indicate where distances made
a particular mode economic (e.g. over 200 miles for rail).
JB stated that the tool needed to be marketed better and this could be aided by
Northumbria University and relevant publications.
PW stated that mode is dictated by what the customers wants and in the coal
industry customers (e.g. power stations) want their coal delivered by rail.
Rail Opportunities
Port of Blyth
CO provided an update on the Port of Blyth. Stated aspiration for 22 train slots per
week (current a maximum of 4 per day with less on most days). Dependent on
how business goes. Ideally in future would like to accommodate 10 trains per day.
Ashington, Blyth and Tyne Line
DP stated there was not much to update from the June Partner meeting.
Everything is in place and waiting for results, hopefully NCC will win bid and the
line will become a reality. NCC is working with Network Rail and AECOM and the
proposal is progressing to GRIP2 stage.
RF stated that GRIP3 represented a single option whilst GRIP 1 was effectively a
rough cost, scope of works and programme. GRIP1 will be complete by the end of
January 2014 then track and signal surveys and timetabling would be carried out
through 2014. Network Rail are looking to reduce the number of level crossings
and this would be tied up with works associated with ABT. There are also further
discussions required as to whether the line would connect to Ashington or
Woodhorn. Timescales for the programme are difficult to identify but could be
2018 if proposed signalling works were brought forward. Costs are difficult to
assess at this stage.
Network Rail is looking to put together a stakeholder management plan which will
involve some of the Rail Partner Group.
MMu asked if scheme would take into account proposal to use Metro system and
RF confirmed it would. DW inquired as to weather scheme would include a station
at Bedside, DP suggested there would probably be a station at Newsham, linking
it to Blyth.
AC stated that Senrug would refer to see the line remain as heavy rail. SP stated
that new Metro trains proposed to be introduced in 2020s would have dual voltage
capacity. SP stated that whilst it would be impossible to switch existing Metro
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infrastructure to a higher voltage, dual voltage trains are not technically difficult to
introduce.
MMu enquired as to who the Stakeholders were for GRIP1. RF replied that GRIP1
establishes stakeholders and NCC makes the decision as they have paid for
study. AECOM report will be factored in and will be part of GRIP2 strategy, but
needs refreshing and reviving.
Port of Tyne
JB stated that there was no representative from Port of Tyne but as far as he was
aware it is progressing satisfactorily. CO stated that Drax had commissioned new
70 tonne capacity wagons for transporting biomass from Port of Tyne to power
station. Wagons were built at WH Davis in Mansfield and were operating well. RF
stated that Network Rail were in the process of amending the signalling method to
improve capacity at the port. SP stated that a planning application had recently
been submitted to North Tyneside Council for a development associated with the
port.
CO stated in response to a query by GCa that operational issues at the port were
resulting in vessels waiting for access.
Port of Sunderland
JB stated that representative from the Port of Sunderland was present. AJ stated
that the port was moving into offshore and renewable sectors and was very
successful. SP suggested that Port of Sunderland could provide a written
submission if they couldn’t attend future meetings?
AJ
UK Coal rail interests
PW introduced himself and stated that he had worked in North east Coal for 20
years. UK coal has finished using the Woodhorn heritage line and Wardley and
Stedsburn sites have been mothballed. Coal is currently extracted from Butterwell
and Potland Burn sites and transported to Drax, Trent Valley and other power
stations. The generally sue DBRf and Freightliner but also use Devon and Cornish
Railways. They load up to 23 wagons, which makes it much economical to
transport than road.
UK Coal generally process coal at railhead and owns associated sidings and is
responsible for maintenance. Johnsons undertake loading activity. PW stated that
Bebside was a location where they would like to transport coal by rail. They would
like to develop a loading facility and consult with Network Rail on the proposals.
EP introduced himself and stated he had worked in the coal industry since 1995.
He explained that UK coal had a number of rail connected sites and when mining
has stopped they have tried to maintain access to main lines, however this has
proved difficult. They have had some success elsewhere, such as a Gascoigne
Wood, which is now importing gypsum from Drax and have submitted an
application for a container site at Cannock. There is consent for a rail connected
150,000 acre distribution site at Ashby-de-la-Zouch however this has ironically
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been affected by HS2 proposals.
Rail connected sites in the north east of strategic importance:
Wardley – 150 acre site with permission for temporary coal disposal
activities. Connects to rail system
Lynemouth Colliery - - rail connection maintained by Lynemouth power,
well connected and maintained. Plan is to maintain status quo so rail
option is available for the future
Widdrington Disposal Point – Leisure scheme proposed for site, (Active
Holidays) potential to import inert material via rail into the site and
connected to the ECML. EP stated that in his experience once rail links
were lost they did not return.
Butterwell – Major coal disposal point. Two operating opencast mines
producing 12,000 tonnes per week, 400m from the ECML. Planning
application for rail depot was resisted but successful introduction would
serve rail industry and other mining in area.
MMa asked as to what the process was to decide when to put coal on rail. PW
stated that it was determined by rail connectivity of the relevant site, although
there was no firm analytical details. MMa raised the possibility of students at
Northumbria University helping with research. PW stated that they would welcome
any opportunity for research that would back cases. MMa suggesting this could
discussed further after the meeting.
MMa
PW stated that the coal industry has had its hey-day and UK Coal would be
dealing with smaller sites in the future, most likely to be accessed from the road.
MMu asked if Network Rail were aware of the plans. RF confirmed they were. DP
enquired as to the timelines for the Bebside proposals and PW stated that the
application would be submitted 2014 and if successful would commence in 2015
and be complete by 2018. A refusal would delay the programme by one year.
GCl asked how North East coal production compared with the rest of country. PW
stated that the North East was a major producer of opencast coal.
Results of ORR Freight Survey
GCl provided a summary of the ORR Freight Survey that was undertaken and has
recently become public information as well as general rail statistics that have
recently become available. Headline findings included:
Increases in rail freight volumes, particularly in coal and construction.
Decrease in metals and minor decrease in intermodal containers
Reliability of rail freight less than passenger
Main barrier to using rail freight is cost
Use of rail up 38% 2009-12
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Future use expected to rise
Use of rail sensitive to pricing
General satisfaction with industry associations
Neutral or satisfaction with ORRs performance
MC stated Drax define late as 15 minutes with early trains equally
disadvantageous as late ones. Focus on passenger service reliability from
Network Rail. RF confirmed that most performance measures are based on
passenger network but acknowledged that Drax need more consistent and robust
delivery. MC stated Drax had increased speed limit on site due to biomass and
they can now prioritise trains coming onto site.
GCl stated AECOM would include links to presentation on main partnership site.
AECOM
Rail Freight and Logistics MSc
MMa presented on progress on research related to developing a new curriculum
for rail freight and logistics. Marin explained how curriculum was developed, the
process and partner universities in Italy, Bulgaria and Germany. Research was
funded by the EC and feedback from the intuitive has been very positive. The
university has 12 students registered for the course in 2014. MMa described how
the university are looking to partner with organisations and SMEs.
JB stated that the partnership would include a copy of the presentation online.
AECOM
Cross-Boundary Issues and Challenges
Rail Devolution
JB passed around copy of update on rail devolution from DfT and would circulate
Rail North website address
JB
The future of the Leamside line
RF stated that Economic analysis of reintroduction has been undertaken and
taken to North East LEP. HS2 in 2032/33 may impact on line.
North East Rail Strategy
SP (See
overleaf)
SP to provide update but didn’t have details to hand.
Any Other Business
SP stated that Nexus would be publishing its long-term metro strategy, with a
consultation draft in the new year.
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RF stated that Network Rail has published its Freight Market Study.
MMu requested that the Rail Partner Group’s regards and best wishes be passed
onto Mike Page.
PD
Date of next meeting
The date of the next meeting was scheduled as 20th May 2014, Venue TBC.
Post Meeting notes:
1. RF sent through the following information on gauge clearance on the ECML, following a query
from GCl:
By April 2014: W12 route available between Temple Hirst and Newcastle Argyle St and W10
route available Newcastle Argyle St to Millerhill (Edinburgh)
By September 2014: W12 route available Newcastle Argyle St to Millerhill (Edinburgh)
2.
The North East Rail Strategy is now under way and will report in March 2014.
Arup has been commissioned to produce the strategy which will define a clear set of priorities for
the wider region in the context of partial rail devolution, re-franchising, Control Period 6
requirements, HS2 and increasing demands on the network. It covers both passenger and freight
requirements. It’s intended to be ambitious but also realistic in its conclusions. It will examine all
of the proposals that stakeholders have put forward and give a view on need and practicability.
It is funded through ANEC and covers the region from Berwick to Saltburn and Carlisle.
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