Waste management company Sita is to seek planning permission for a rail waste transfer loading station in Kirkby, Knowlsey, as part of its bid for a 30-year Merseyside residual waste treatment contract.
The facility would allow 500,000 tonnes of residual waste to be bulked and transported via rail. But it will only be developed if a bid for a contract for the treatment of Merseyside and Halton Borough Council’s residual waste by Sita and its partner Sembcorp is successful.
If the 30-year contract with Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority is awarded, Sita would use the rail transfer site to transport waste to a planned energy-from-waste facility in Teesside.
Sita planning manager Corrina Scott-Roy said: “If we are successful in securing the contract to deal with Merseyside’s residual household waste, the transfer loading station will enable us to reduce the number of HGVs needed to transport this waste by making use of the existing rail link on the site.”