Rail

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

Specialist nuclear freight

Supporting customers the length and breadth of the UK with essential nuclear freight services.

Specialist nuclear freight
Rail infrastructure

Rail infrastructure

A proven track record in the design, development, delivery and operation of rail infrastructure for the nuclear sector.

Rail infrastructure
Major projects support

Major projects support

Supporting the success of major projects through tailored rail logistics solutions.

Major projects support
Innovative solutions

Innovative solutions

A range of efficient, innovative and sustainable technical rail solutions for customers in nuclear and non-nuclear sectors.

Innovative solutions
Non-nuclear services

Non-nuclear services

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.

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A fleet of over 100 locomotives

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The only organisation in the UK approved to transport nuclear material by rail

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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.

Case studies

intermodal
Operating throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

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

Mixed Load Transport

We’ve used our specialist rail freight and logistics expertise to help customers achieve efficiencies by consolidating materials into mixed loads.

Bulk Ballast
High volume just-in-time aggregate delivery

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.

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Sellafield Workforce Transport

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.

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Georgemas Junction

Georgemas Junction

We have used our proven track record in the design, development, delivery and operation of rail infrastructure to support vital decommissioning activities at Dounreay.

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Keeping the lights on

Keeping the lights on

DRS have provided a rail solution for the transportation of spent fuel on behalf of EDF Energy since 1998.