Newcastle Racecourse under lights

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Newcastle Racecourse under lights

Newcastle racecourse has hosted The Northumberland Plate race event for 135 years. Formerly known as the ‘Pitmen’s Derby’, the race has long attracted some of the best two-mile horses in the country, and is one of the richest two mile handicaps in the world. The new facility at Newcastle Racecourse is the only all-weather track in the North, with the nearest currently at Southwell, in Nottinghamshire and the only straight mile all-weather track in the world. The new course replaces Newcastle’s turf flat racing track which has had a huge impact as it has enabled ARC (Arena Racing Company) to stage more races and attract higher profile eventsby introducing evening race meetings as well as day race meetings.

Stobart Rail were contracted by ARC to remove 65,000 sq metres of grass track (turf) and 50,000 tonnes of top soil from the 3.6km race track, which was later donated to Newcastle City Council for community projects. The excavated turf was replaced with 30,000 tonnes of stone, 11,000 metres of new drainage, 63,000 square metres of tarmac and 17,000 tonnes of Tapeta sand. Forty tower flood lights were also installed enabling the racecourse to be used more frequently in evenings and in the winter months.

Stobart Rail worked seven days a week to reach the deadline and completed the project within four months (September 15 -Jan 16) in challenging weather conditions. The team ensured the golf course remained open and ran smoothly, whilst jump meetings and other social events such as weddings, cross country runs, and country fares still took place.

Today is a result of a lot of hard work by everyone concerned, particularly Stobart, who were our contractors and worked so hard. As long-term supporters of British Racing, and an integral part of the project team that delivered the world class all-weather track at Newcastle, we are really pleased to be working with Stobart Rail”

David Williamson, Executive Director of Newcastle Racecourse





Wednesday, 17 August 2016
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