Aggregates and concrete supplier Lafarge has secured a framework contract worth £35M to provide ballast and other crushed rock material from Mountsorrel Quarry, near Loughborough, to Network Rail.
The contract is potentially worth £35M over the next five years and could see Lafarge supplying more than 1M.t of product annually. The contract continues a 20 year partnership between the two companies.
“Historically, Lafarge have supplied something like 50% of the ballast used by Network Rail,” said Lafarge national key account manager John Bradshaw. Lafarge said it was able to invest £2M in processing equipment at the quarry as a result of the new contract.
The 50mm crushed rock ballast forms the track bed, distributing the load from sleepers, facilitating drainage and keeping down vegetation. Other aggregates included in the tender include sands, gravels, civil grade stone and specialised Stoneblower Aggregate — a small grade ballast used in maintenance to prolong the life of the track.