GALLERY: Thousands flock to March for Network Rail’s recycling centre open day

MORE than 3,000 people flocked to March on Sunday as Network Rail threw open the doors of its Whitemoor recycling centre.

The opening of the National Track Materials Recycling Centre (NTMRC) was Network Rail’s way of saying thank you to the people of March for their support during the nine-year construction period.

Face painting, children’s rides, stalls, model railways and a locomotive naming ceremony, conducted by the Mayor of March, Bernard Keane, was among the entertainment on offer for families who attended the event.

Peter Henderson, director of asset management at Network Rail, opened the new recycling centre along with Councillor John Powley, chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council.

Mr Henderson said: “The open day was fantastic and the support we have had from the local community has been superb.

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“The new recycling centre is at the heart of our efforts to make the railway greener, cleaner and more sustainable and will help us to continue to deliver value for money.

“it is vital in maintaining and improving the railway throughout Cambridgeshire.”

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The 98-acre site of the former derelict railway land at Whitemoor Yard opened for business in June, bringing 25 new jobs to the area.

And that was on top of the 40 extra jobs created during phase one of the centre’s construction.

The depot is set to deliver �7million of savings to Network Rail each year. It will also help the firm achieve its goal to re-use, recycle, or recover 95 per cent of construction and maintenance waste by 2014.

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