Sleepers

Our recycled railway sleepers are recovered from Network Rail infrastructure to our Network Rail depots around the UK and processed for re-use or recycling. All the sleepers are graded by an expert from 1-5. Anything graded 1-3 is re-used back within our infrastructure and is not usually available for external sale. Anything graded as 4 or 5 is no longer suitable to go back to the rail infrastructure and is sold externally. We supply concrete, hardwood & softwood sleepers and timber bearers. The materials are sold via a tender process and usually in minimum quantities of 350 (timber sleepers) to 1000-3000 (concrete sleepers).

Concrete Sleepers

Concrete sleepers are the most common type used in Britain’s railways. One of the biggest markets for recycled concrete rail sleepers is within farming and agriculture.

Although heavier than wooden sleepers, concrete sleepers have many advantages.

  • Concrete sleepers do not rot and have a longer lifespan

  • Increased weight makes cattle tracks and paths more stable

  • Increased fire resistance

  • Low ongoing costs

  • Approx. Dimensions: L: 2.5m, W: 26cm, D: 35cm
  • Haulage: 94-100x to an artic load without HIAB
  • Approx. Weight: 250-300kg
  • Minimum purchase: 1000x Sleepers for non-chaired and dependent on availability for chaired

Hardwood Sleepers

Recycled hardwood railway sleepers are durable and have a many uses.

  • Raised beds

  • Wall retention

  • Solar panel bases

  • Structural support and garden decoration 

  • Approx. Dimensions: L: 2.5m, W: 25cm, D: 13cm
  • Haulage: 350x to an artic load without HIAB
  • Approx. Weight: 90kg
  • Minimum purchase: 350x Sleepers

Softwood Sleepers

Our reclaimed softwood railway sleepers are great for industrial purposes such as in track on Heritage Railways or private sidings.

  • Approx. Dimensions: L: 2.5m, W: 25cm, D: 12cm
  • Haulage: 400x to an artic load without HIAB
  • Approx. Weight: 50-70kg
  • Minimum purchase: 400x Sleepers

Used Softwood sleepers contain creosote to improve resistance to insect infestation and rot.  The use of this preservative is regulated by the Creosote (prohibition on Use and Marketing) (No. 2) Regulations 2003.

Read the Legislation on using Creosote in the UK

Creosote Legislation

Recycled Crossing Timber Bearers

Our large lengths of timber were previously used to make up switch and crossing layouts or on bridges and removed due to renewals, can be used for multiple purposes, including building projects.

  • Approx. Dimensions: L: 2.1m – 7.6m, W: 30cm, D: 12cm

  • Haulage: Vary depending on length

  • Weight: Vary depending on length
  • Minimum Purchase: Depends on availability

Due to the fact creosote may have been used to preserve and protect the wood against pest insects and rot, our timber is regulated by the Creosote (prohibition on Use and Marketing) (No. 2) Regulations 2003. 

Read the Legislation on using Creosote in the UK

Creosote Legislation

Softwood Timber Bearers

Hardwood Timber Bearers

For more information, including material grading and the tender process itself, please see below our Customer Information Pack

Sleepers Information Pack