As part of the Great North Rail Project, Network Rail is investing £18m to lengthen freight sidings in Buxton. This vital investment will allow even longer freight trains to operate across the railway network, transporting construction materials from Buxtons quarries to destinations across Britain. Extending the track by 430 metres will allow freight trains to increase their number of wagons from 18 to 26 wagons. This will help provide an economic boost for local quarries and future national construction projects, as up to 2,500 tonnes of materials could be transported by each train. Having longer trains also helps create a cleaner environment, as each freight train takes 76 lorries off the road and each tonne of freight transported by rail cuts carbon emissions by 76%.
The environment, the economy and the regional road network are to benefit from an £18m investment in the railway in the Peak District.