Track improvement works at a local heritage site have been helped along with a donation from Associated British Ports (ABP), which recently agreed to put forward funding of £5, 000 to the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society (GCMES).
At present, the GCMES’ miniature railway at Waltham Windmill is made up of 857 metres of track including sidings however, the planned extension will increase the length of the track by a further 290 metres which will see the journey take visitors through trees and into the last remaining undeveloped part of the site.
Barry Green, Chairman of the society’s track extension sub-committee said: “We are hugely indebted to ABP who were the first to respond to our appeals for financial help. Their generous donation will be put to extremely good use in helping to expedite our plans.”
In order to keep to their existing plans, the GCMES are yet to construct the most expensive section of the project, a 70-metre steel and concrete viaduct which will cost over £17, 000 for the steel alone.
Matthew Parris, Rail Operations and Infrastructure Manager, Humber, said: “The port estate supports multimodal transport including vessels, hauliers and trains so when the opportunity came up to financially assist the GCMES with their improvement works, we jumped at the chance to help.
“Waltham Windmill’s miniature railway means a lot to so many people in the local community and it’s great to be able to provide support in any way we can.”
Plans also include the construction of a traditional style canopy over the station area to keep riders protected from the elements whilst they duly await their miniature train journey.
If you think you could help provide further sponsorship or labour to the GCMES, please visit their website for details on how to get in touch: http://www.gcmes.org.uk/
- ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.
- Around one quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade passes through ABP’s Statutory Harbour Areas.
- ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84, 000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.
- Handled over 1.6 million vehicles in 2014.
- Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
- Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
- Has 1000 hectares of open storage
- Handled 94.5m tonnes of cargo in 2014
- Owns 5000 hectares of port estate
- Has 87km of quay
Over the next five years, ABP is investing over £650 million in a wide range of major projects across the group.
The four ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole handle more than 60 million tonnes of cargo between them each year.
Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 49 million tonnes of cargo per annum.
£130-plus million is currently being invested in the biomass handling terminal in Immingham, in a Humber-wide agreement with Drax Power Ltd that has seen £25 million invested in a biomass handling facility in Hull. The Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal handles sustainable biomass shipments and will create over 100 permanent jobs once complete. The construction phase created 100 employment opportunities.
The Port of Hull handles 10 million tonnes of cargo per annum and is the is the focal point for the development of the UK’s largest offshore wind turbine manufacturing, construction, assembly, and service facility, which will be located on the Port’s Alexandra Dock. This new facility represents a £310 million investment and will create up to 1000 direct jobs.
The Grimsby River Terminal represents an investment of £26 million and allows large car-carrying ships to berth outside the Port’s lock system. This development confirms the Port’s position as the UK’s leading automotive handling facility.
More than the equivalent of 1million teus (twenty foot equivalent unit) of unitised trade is shipped through ABP Humber ports
Goole is situated 50 miles upriver and is the UK’s premier inland port. It handles over one million tonnes of cargo annually.