Rail freight operator Freightliner has signed a new contract with Tarmac to haul aggregate from its Tunstead site in Derbyshire as well as its West Country quarries, including deliveries from Wales, Somerset, and Herefordshire.
Freightliner, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), has a collaborative, long-term relationship with Tarmac, adding the South West of England to its existing work from Tunstead in 2019.
The new activity will see Freightliner running an average of 50 trains a week, delivering vital bulk materials, including aggregates and cement, on behalf of Tarmac for use in regional and national infrastructure projects.
“We are delighted to have been awarded this new contract with Tarmac and to support their critical infrastructure projects such as HS2,” said Emma Dempsey, chief commercial officer for G&W’s UK/Europe Region companies. “In addition, we continue to support Tarmac in their continued quest to achieve carbon neutral delivered product.
“As the largest operator of carbon neutral traction, we are continually developing solutions to deliver decarbonisation targets, working in collaboration with customers.”
Chris Swan, head of rail at Tarmac, said: “The renewal of our contract with Freightliner highlights both our ongoing commitment to supporting the delivery of a lower-carbon built environment and the continued enhancement of our rail freight capabilities.
“Effective use of the rail freight network is key in supporting the UK’s transition to a net-zero society and supporting a green recovery as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis. Collaborative working has a vital role to play in this and we’re looking forward to working with our freight operating partners as the industry focuses on doing both more rail and better rail.”