Operating throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

DRS pulled out all the stops to make sure it carried on delivering essential services throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.

As demand for supermarket goods soared during the first wave of the pandemic DRS continued to operate at full capacity despite the challenges of operating within a national crisis.

In the months from April to September 2020 at the height of the pandemic it delivered 74,467 containers full of essential supplies across the country, running some of its longest trains and heaviest loads. If placed end to end these containers would stretch further than Land’s End to John O’Groats.

As well as keeping supermarkets stocked its vital mission of keeping the UK’s nuclear power stations running was also of national importance. In the same period, DRS ran 82 services taking spent nuclear fuel for safe processing, ensuring the country’s nuclear power stations could operate and the lights were kept on.