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Robert.Jervis_43227 Sep 23

Tarmac awards four new contracts

Wins for Freightliner, GBRf, DB Cargo UK and Colas Rail 
Freightliner, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), has been awarded a new contract with the UK’s leading sustainable construction solutions company, Tarmac.

Under the new contract, Freightliner will haul aggregate from Tarmac’s Tunstead site in Derbyshire as well as their West Country quarries, including deliveries from Wales, Somerset, and Herefordshire.

Freightliner has a collaborative, long-term relationship with Tarmac, adding the South West of England to their existing work from Tunstead in 2019. The new activity will see Freightliner running an average of 50 trains a week, delivering vital bulk materials, including aggregates and cement, on behalf of Tarmac for use in regional and national infrastructure projects.

Emma Dempsey, Chief Commercial Officer for G&W’s UK/Europe Region companies said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this new contract with Tarmac and to support their critical infrastructure projects such as HS2.

“In addition, we continue to support Tarmac in their continued quest to achieve carbon neutral delivered product.

“As the largest operator of carbon neutral traction, we are continually developing solutions to deliver decarbonisation targets, working in collaboration with customers.”

Chris Swan, Head of Rail at Tarmac, said:

“The renewal of our contract with Freightliner highlights both our ongoing commitment to supporting the delivery of a lower-carbon built environment and the continued enhancement of our rail freight capabilities.

“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 working with our freight operating partners as the industry focuses on doing both more rail and better rail.”

DB Cargo UK has also been awarded a new, five-year haulage contract by Tarmac.

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.

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.

Meanwhile, GB Railfreight has announced that Tarmac has renewed its contract for five years from January 2020 to 31 December 2025, for the transportation of aggregate materials. The contract will include the supply of hopper and box wagons from GBRf.

This is an extension to the current contract which covers the northern package of Tarmac’s rail operations, encompassing services mainly from Arcow and Swinden railheads in North Yorkshire to a variety of destinations including Leeds, Hull and two sites in Manchester.

The new contract builds on the successful relationship that has been established since GBRf started services in the northern package over four years ago in January 2016.

Managing director of GBRf John Smith said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have signed a contract extension with Tarmac. Our relationship goes back many years and we have built on the strong partnership forged in 2016.

“During the ongoing pandemic, we are doing our bit to keep the economy moving and our partnership with Tarmac is testament to that. We look forward to working with Tarmac in the months and years to come to spur the recovery of the construction sector.”

The Colas Rail contract is for the Dunbar cement works in East Lothian