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This project will deliver W10 & W12 gauge enhancements on the South Bank line between Immingham & Doncaster, enabling the larger ‘high cube’ containers to be transported by rail.

CASE STUDY – South Humber Rail Gauge Enhancements  PHOTOS – South Humber Rail Gauge Enhancements

By around 2020 more than 50% of containers arriving at our UK ports will be on ‘high cube’ containers. We are currently not able to transport them out of the South Humber ports, where our rail infrastructure only supports standard containers.

‘High cube’ containers are 9’6” in measurement and therefore limitations currently involve height & width restrictions to bridges, tunnels, platforms & other structures.

Project Dates

September 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

Project Sponsor

North Lincolnshire Council


South Humber Ports to Doncaster


Total Project Expenditure: £17,199,000

LGF Spend:

    • Contracted:  £7,200,000
    • Achieved to date – £7,200,000.00

Public Spend:

    • Contracted: £9,999,000
    • Achieved to date – £9,999,000


Construction Jobs:

    • Contracted: 50
    • Achieved to date – 70

W12 Gauge Certificate:

    • Contracted: 1
    • Achieved to date – 1

Approval Status

Business case approved

Delivery Status


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Last updated: April 4, 2022

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