One of the most recognisable buildings at Knottingley depot is being demolished by owners DB Cargo UK.
The office block was built in the 90’s but has now been deemed to inefficient to run and according to DB Cargo UK is underused.
The Traction Maintenance Depot at Knottingley opened in 1967 but has been reduced in size following the closure of nearby coal-fired power stations.
Knottingley depot does continue to provide an important role in the delivery of the contract to transport biomass to the nearby Drax Power Station.
Safety and Compliance Manager Chris Pickerden said: “DB Cargo UK is continuously looking for ways to improve the safety and efficiency of its operations and reduce its impact on the environment,”
“The office block at Knottingley is no longer fit for purpose and it now costs a small fortune to maintain and run. As much as we all love its iconic design with its balcony and balustrades, we can no longer justify the expense of keeping it open.
“The new, pre-fabricated cabins can easily accommodate the groundstaff and drivers who now operate out of Knottingley and are much more energy-efficient, We have already installed them at several other sites with great success,”