Supporting Vault 9 Construction at the Low Level Waste Repository
The construction of Vault 9 to provide urgently needed Low Level Waste disposal capacity was essential to keep the UK's nuclear decommissioning programme on track to meet its targets. The project required timed deliveries of over 140,000 tonnes of aggregates and other building materials which all had to be achieved with minimum disruption to local communities. In support of the County Council approved transport plan for the vault, 95% of all construction materials were transported to LLWR by rail.
The DRS Solution
DRS partnered with Network Rail, Aggregate Industries and the Port of Workington to provide a seamless service. This entailed creating a virtual quarry at the Port and undertaking line side loading of trains at Millom for the rail transport of key strategic aggregate supplies from the local quarry. This innovative solution was a first for Cumbria and required that the line was returned to Network Rail control at the end of each night shift to ensure that routine rail services could resume each morning. During the period of line side loading, no passenger services were adversely affected.
- 10,851 lorry journeys taken off Cumbrian roads, more than 7,000 of which were taken off the difficult stretch of the A595 from Millom to LLWR near Drigg
- Maximising use of local quarries, supporting the local supply chain I Reducing CO2 emissions by 1,264 tonnes
- Enabling just in time supply of building materials enhancing project efficiency