Lafarge Cement’s vision for the future is starting to take shape at the company’s former cement works at Northfleet in Kent, with a major investment in the reconnection of rail freight facilities to the main north Kent line commencing at the site.
Lafarge expects the rail sidings to be operational as from mid February 2012. The first main user of the restored line will be Crossrail who will be transporting excavated material from the western tunnel bore at Royal Oak, near Paddington, by train to Northfleet, for onward transportation to Wallasea Island by ship.
Balfour Beatty Rail are carrying out all the design and construction of the new sidings and connection to the main line, whilst Chunnel Group have carried out the siding preparation works within the main site.
The overall length of the rail link is around 2.25km and in total 4.75km of new track will be provided.
Proposals for the 104 acre site have been developed by Lafarge, in association with Councils of Kent and Gravesham, and the linkage of the site to the main line represents an another important step in the regeneration and redevelopment of Northfleet embankment.