Delivering safe, secure and reliable rail freight operations
Our rail business line continues to grow our reputation as a leading UK rail operator.
We operate Direct Rail Services who cover the length and breadth of Britain delivering rail transport and associated services that meet the stringent safety and security demands of the nuclear industry.
Specialist nuclear freight
Supporting customers the length and breadth of the UK with essential nuclear freight services.Specialist nuclear freight
A proven track record in the design, development, delivery and operation of rail infrastructure for the nuclear sector.Rail infrastructure
Major projects support
Supporting the success of major projects through tailored rail logistics solutions.Major projects support
A range of efficient, innovative and sustainable technical rail solutions for customers in nuclear and non-nuclear sectors.Innovative solutions
Supporting our core business of delivering essential rail transport services to the nuclear industry is a wider portfolio of rail services for customers in other sectors, including retail and consumer goods.Non-nuclear services
Direct Rail Services
Direct Rail Services is the only operator in the UK licensed to carry nuclear material by rail.
Supporting DRS’s core nuclear business is an expanding portfolio of key rail activities for non-nuclear customers. It provides innovative solutions to domestic intermodal transport, rail infrastructure support and major infrastructure sectors.
Facts and figures
Our experience of moving spent nuclear fuel, waste and nuclear construction materials stretches back decades with a 100% nuclear safety record.
A fleet of over 80 locomotives
The only organisation in the UK approved to transport nuclear material by rail
Over 5 million miles of nuclear rail transports in the UK
Our knowledge and experience of transporting nuclear materials safely and securely by rail is second to none.
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.
Mixed Load Transport
We’ve used our specialist rail freight and logistics expertise to help customers achieve efficiencies by consolidating materials into mixed loads.
High volume just-in-time aggregate delivery
Our tailored rail logistics solutions and ability to deliver a high volume of aggregates helped to support the success of a major decommissioning programme in West Cumbria, UK.
Sellafield Workforce Transport
We’ve used our rail capabilities to reduce local disruption and improve efficiency at one of the UK’s largest industrial sites.
We have used our proven track record in the design, development, delivery and operation of rail infrastructure to support vital decommissioning activities at Dounreay.
Keeping the lights on
DRS have provided a rail solution for the transportation of spent fuel on behalf of EDF Energy since 1998.