The announcement is a welcome boost for the rail freight company which already runs a range of services for Tarmac to and from Mountsorrel Quarry in Leicestershire and its aggregates facility in Angerstein Wharf, Greenwich, London.
DB Cargo UK’s Head of Sales Roger Neary said: “As one of the UK’s leading rail freight operators, we are delighted to work with Tarmac to deliver a more efficient and environmentally-friendly alternative to road haulage.”
“Every freight train we operate takes the equivalent of around 76 HGV’s off the nation’s road network, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as three-quarters. When you consider that sustainability is one of the cornerstones of both rail freight and construction, it makes absolute sense for us to work together”.
Mr Neary added that despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, DB Cargo UK had still managed to work with Tarmac in 2020 to launch a number of new services.
Tarmac had also furthered its commitment to developing its rail freight infrastructure in the South East of England with the beginning of operations from a new construction materials depot on DB Cargo UK’s new aggregates facility in Cricklewood, North London.
Chris Swan, head of rail at Tarmac, said: “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 continuing our relationship with DB Cargo UK as the industry focuses on continued modal shift, as well as driving forward efficiencies and innovation.”
The new contract will run from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2025 and will involve the movement of more than two million tonnes of product each year.