FM Conway expects to double the amount of rail freight between the Port of Tilbury and its Theale facility, with two trains leaving Tilbury each week from January.
The Freightliner trains will leave the Thames-based port each week on a Tuesday and a Friday, taking over 3,000 tonnes of aggregate by rail to Theale, to be used on the UK’s highway network and other construction projects.
1000s of tonnes of material are arriving by vessel into the port each month from Norway and then distributed by road and rail across the south east to keep at pace with demand.
Commenting on the increased service and agreement, Mark Faraway, senior commercial manager from The Port of Tilbury, said: “This is great news to start the year. Our bulks business at The Port of Tilbury is thriving as we have the key ingredients to ensure an efficient and greener supply chain for our customers. We have a good relationship with the team at FM Conway and we are pleased that we can continue this for the next five years.”
Tim Metcalf, FM Conway’s business development director, commented: “Working together with the Port of Tilbury and other supply chain partners such as Stema-Mibau and Freightliner allows us to significantly reduce carbon emissions and road traffic in the south east. We look forward to our continued successful working relationship with the Port of Tilbury.”