Tarmac’s Aberthaw Cement Plant has opened a rail facility which will ensure that 2,500 truck movements will be removed from the road each year as the company delivers on its pledge to support sustainable delivery of materials, and cut transport CO2.
The rail connection will mean that trains will be used to transport cement in Wales for the first time in over 20 years. Aberthaw is playing a key role in supporting Tarmac’s commitment to enhancing its rail freight capabilities in the delivery of more sustainable infrastructure projects, while also honouring the plant’s commitment to improving the local environment.
The opening of the facility means that bulk cement, which was previously transported by road, will now be loaded onto freight trains and dispatched via rail to the company’s depots across Wales and the south west of the UK.
Aberthaw Cement Plant manager, Chris Bradbury, said: “Reducing our road movements by 25 per cent is a significant achievement and it puts us in an even better position to supply materials to our customers across Wales and the south west in a more sustainable way. The plant has been in operation for over 100 years and we employ 109 people, the majority of whom live within ten miles of the site, so this development demonstrates our commitment to the Vale of Glamorgan.”
The news was welcomed by Assembly Member for Vale of Glamorgan, Jane Hutt, who officially opened the facility. Jane said: “It’s great to see this show of confidence by Tarmac in its Aberthaw operations which will positively impact the environment – both locally and further afield. Investing in infrastructure is key to supporting economic growth and it is hoped that more people locally will benefit from Tarmac’s support.”
Aberthaw Cement Plant is the only cement works in south Wales. Cement made at Aberthaw has contributed to some of Wales’ most significant construction projects of recent time, including Pembroke Power Station, The Millennium Centre and home of the Welsh Government - The Senedd, both in Cardiff Bay.
For more information on Aberthaw Cement Plant visit the website www.tarmac.com/aberthaw-plant