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Ward Bros Contract DB Cargo Rail Freight Service

DB Cargo UK has won a contract with scrap metal merchants Ward Bros (Steel) Limited to provide their first ever rail freight service. DB Cargo will transport materials by rail from Ward Bros’ scrap processing facility at the Port of Sunderland to the Celsa Steel UK works in Cardiff. These will be the first freight trains to run out of the Port of Sunderland since 1998.

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DB Cargo won the contract on the back of its sterling reputation for customer service and its provision of specialist MBA rail wagons. The scrap metal is not compacted, and because of the relatively large bulk, the MBA wagons are ideal to transport the freight.

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DB Cargo currently operates a single service a week for Ward Bros, transporting approximately 1,250 tonnes of material per train. The scrap metal is processed at the CELSA Steel Works, where it is turned into finished metal products such as rebars for the construction industry.

Sonia Hampton, Account Manager Metals at DB Cargo UK, said:

“We are proud that Ward Bros chose DB Cargo UK for its first ever rail freight contract.

“We offer highly efficient solutions for transporting large materials built upon decades of experience working with companies across the metals sector.

“There is real value to customers in using rail freight to deliver their goods, including that it produces fewer emissions than road and can help to ease traffic congestion.

“As a company that strives to increase our eco-performance we are delighted that we are able to help Ward Bros deliver materials that will later be recycled and look forward to working with them on this new contract.”

Chris Hagg, Head of External Affairs at CELSA Steel UK said:

“CELSA is proud to be a part of this great British manufacturing story, which will see scrap delivered from Sunderland recycled into top grade and responsibly sourced steel in Cardiff.

“In supporting UK supply chains, we promote sustainability and support thousands of livelihoods across the UK.

“We can proudly say that our steel is: Made in the UK. To Build the UK.”

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