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Network Rail to recycle 1/4 of UK railway waste at new facility

Network Rail has received planning permission to convert a Westbury railway yard into an £8 million recycling facility.

The site will be used to recycle nearly 25 per cent of disused track materials from the UKs railway network. This will include 110,000 concrete sleepers and 30,000 tonnes of rail and fixtures.

Director of the National Delivery Service unit of Network Rail Martin Elwood said: The 21st century railway will also be an eco-friendly railway. Westbury recycling centre will have a vital role to play in helping Network Rail achieve that vision and thats only possible with the tremendous support from the community.

The concrete sleepers, which will be transported by rail, will either be reused on the railway or sold on to agriculture to pave roads and build bunds. Rails and fittings will be reprocessed by the scrap metal market to be used in steel manufacturing.

Construction will begin once the technical design has been finished. The plant is expected to be up and running by Spring 2010.

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