Public feedback forces NR to change Bescot sleeper plant plans

NETWORK Rail has significantly altered its plans for a new sleeper factory at Bescot Yard following feedback from local residents, councillors and MPs.

Residents raised concerns during consultation on the original plans over the proximity of the factory to houses backing on to the yard site, its visual impact, and increased traffic on local roads.

Map showing the changes to Network Rail’s proposed sleeper factory on part of the former Bescot Yard, near Birmingham.

To reduce the impact on nearby residential areas, NR will move the planned facility east of the original site towards Sandy Lane and Tame Bridge Parkway station.

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A new link road will be built to take NR traffic directly to and from the A4031 main road and M1/M6 motorways to avoid lorries using residential streets.

Read more in the December issue of The RM – on sale now!

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