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Aberthaw Cement opens rail facility

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World Cement,

Tarmac’s Aberthaw Cement Plant has opened a rail facility that will ensure the removal of 2500 truck movements from the road each year.

Through this the company is delivering on its pledge to support sustainable delivery of materials and cut transport CO2.

The rail connection will allow trains to be used to transport cement in Wales for the first time in over 20 years. Aberthaw is playing a key role in supporting Tarmac’s commitment to enhancing its rail freight capabilities in the delivery of more sustainable infrastructure projects, while also honouring the plant’s commitment to improving the local environment.

The opening of the facility means that bulk cement will now be loaded onto freight trains and dispatched via rail to the company’s depots across Wales and the south west of the UK. It was previously transported by road.

Aberthaw Cement Plant manager, Chris Bradbury, said: “Reducing our road movements by 25 per cent is a significant achievement and it puts us in an even better position to supply materials to our customers across Wales and the south west in a more sustainable way. The plant has been in operation for over 100 years and we employ 109 people, the majority of whom live within ten miles of the site, so this development demonstrates our commitment to the Vale of Glamorgan.” The news was welcomed by Assembly Member for Vale of Glamorgan, Jane Hutt, who officially opened the facility. Jane said: “It’s great to see this show of confidence by Tarmac in its Aberthaw operations which will positively impact the environment – both locally and further afield. Investing in infrastructure is key to supporting economic growth and it is hoped that more people locally will benefit from Tarmac’s support.”

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