Work started during March on modifying the goods yard sidings at Georgemas Junction for the transfer of radioactive material from the decommissioning of the Dounreay plant from road to rail vehicles for onward transport to Sellafield, Cumbria. The most noticeable addition to the yard will be a permanent crane with a capacity of 100 tonnes straddling one of the rail sidings and adjacent hardstanding area. The work was well underway by late April and is expected to be finished by midsummer. The first 44-tonne shipment of nuclear fuel is likely to take place during the autumn. Although the crane has been provided by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, it will be made available if required for other rail-borne business.