Tarmac has awarded a new strategic national rail off-loading contract to specialist company Rail Freight Services for grab off-loading of materials arriving at sites across the country.
The four-year agreement is part of the leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions company’s ongoing commitment to enhance its rail freight network to support delivery of the UK’s infrastructure ambitions.
Rail freight is a key part of Tarmac’s logistics portfolio, helping to lower the whole life carbon footprint of customer projects and supporting the delivery of local and national infrastructure in a smarter, more efficient and sustainable manner.
Chris Swan, senior manager, rail and shipping at Tarmac, said: “As our rail freight capability continues to grow, it’s essential we have the right strategic supply chain relationships in place, alongside the technology and expertise to manage our operations and supply to customers as efficiently as possible.”
Rail Freight Services will be utilising equipment with the latest low emission engine technology to support Tarmac’s rail operations. Jim Flatman, general manager at Rail Freight Services said: “We are delighted to have been selected to undertake these services and look forward to working with Tarmac to deliver efficiency, sustainability and innovation within the company’s rail logistics handling operations.”
Tarmac is one of the UK’s largest users of rail freight and currently transports nine million tonnes of material by rail across the UK each year, supporting the reduction of carbon from road vehicles and Tarmac’s ambition to reduce transport CO2 by 10 per cent per tonne by 2020.