Freight operator GB Railfreight (GBRf) has run the first train of a new service for global building materials supplier CEMEX from Dove Holes Quarry, Buxton, to Crawley
GBRf used cut and shut aggregate hoppers that have been repurposed from coal hoppers. The train ran with 22 wagons and over 1,675 tonnes, exceeding previous deliveries to Crawley by approximately 350 tonnes, and arrived in Crawley on Saturday 18 April.
Once business as usual has resumed, following the Covid-19 outbreak, the new service between Dove Holes and Crawley is expected to run once a week.
John Smith, managing director of GBRf, said: “We are delighted to unveil this new route in partnership with CEMEX. We have a longstanding relationship and the new service, which is expected to run once a week once operations are back to normal is testament to the successful partnership we have forged.
“We are also absolutely committed to keeping Britain on track during the challenging times. GB Railfreight does not shy away from these moments and we are delighted to be doing our bit to keep the economy moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to running more services in the coming weeks and months.”
David Hart, CEMEX UK’s Supply Chain Director, added: “Our rail network is an important way for us to transport our materials around the country to where they are needed. The addition of this new route allows us to better serve our customers, while the increased capacity offers further sustainability benefits by taking trucks off the road and reducing congestion.
“We are pleased to partner with GBRf on this new service as they share our commitment to a safe and reliable operation.”