Tarmac, the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions company, has boosted its capability to deliver aggregates by rail from its Mountsorrel Quarry in Leicestershire with the arrival of a new fleet of state-of-the-art rail wagons.
The 53 hoppers and 48 boxes, leased from European hire company Ermewa, each have the capability to haul over 77 tonnes of material, increasing train capacity by over 15 per cent. The wagons are already in operation, allowing Tarmac to deliver product more efficiently to its wide network of terminals across the Midlands and the South East.
Chris Swan, senior manager rail and shipping at Tarmac, said: “The new rail fleet operating from Mountsorrel enhances our capacity to meet customer requirements for high quality construction materials and underlines Tarmac’s commitment to support more efficient, sustainable transport and a lower carbon built environment.”
The state-of-the-art wagons are fitted with track friendly bogies, designed to reduce impact and wear, resulting in both reduced track access and maintenance expenses. The additional payload per train allows Tarmac to move more material with fewer trains.
Approximately 60 per cent of the aggregate produced at Mountsorrel is supplied by rail through sidings at Barrow upon Soar, more than any other quarry in the region.
Nationally, Tarmac transports nine million tonnes of material by rail across the UK each year, helping the company cut carbon from road vehicle movements and supporting its goal to reduce transport CO2 by 10 per cent per tonne by 2020.