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Tarmac increases rail freight capacity

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World Cement,

Tarmac is increasing its rail freight capacity to support delivery of the UK’s infrastructure and road ambitions. In order to expand its rail freight operation, the company has awarded a number of five-year contracts and is creating new strategic hubs so as to expand its nationwide supply into key construction markets. By increasing its rail freight capability, Tarmac is lowering the whole life carbon footprint of customer prokects. The development also supports Tarmac’s plans to reduce CO2 levels by 10% per t by 2020.

Cyrille Ragoucy, CEO of Tarmac said: “An enhanced rail freight network supports our strategic growth plans, building on our current capacity to meet customers’ growing requirements for high quality construction materials for national and local infrastructure projects. This expansion will also support more efficient, sustainable transport and a lower carbon built environment. We look forward to working with our new partners to implement these contracts.”

Under these agreements, four companies will deliver rail freight services around Tarmac’s major hubs and rail supply routes, including:

  • Colas Rail - awarded the contract for the Dunbar cement works in East Lothian 
  • GB Rail Freight - awarded the contract for aggregates from Swinden, Thrislington and Dry Rigg quarries 
  • Freightliner – awarded the contract for the Tunstead site in Derbyshire 
  • DB Schenker – awarded the contracts for Mountsorrel quarry in Leicestershire, as well as Tarmac’s aggregates business in the West (from depots in Moreton on Lugg, Whatley, Telford and Port Talbot), and London.

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