Tarmac is increasing its rail freight capacity, which it says will help lower the total carbon footprint of customer projects.
It has awarded five year contracts to expand its operations, which include the creation of new strategic hubs. It currently moves around 9M tonnes by rail each year and has its own target to reduce transport CO2 levels by 10% per tonne by 2020.
Colas Rail has been awarded the contract for the Dunbar cement works in East Lothian. GB Rail Freight won the contract for aggregates from Swinden, Thrislington and Dry Rigg quarries. Freightliner has the contract for the Tunstead site in Derbyshire and DB Schenker has won the contracts for Mountsorrel quarry in Leicestershire, as well as Tarmac’s aggregates business in the West and London.
Tarmac chief executive Cyrille Ragoucy 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.”