GB Railfreight (GBRf), one of the UK’s largest rail freight operators, has opened up a new service for building material supplier CEMEX from its Dove Holes quarry, near Buxton in Derbyshire, to Crawley in West Sussex.
The train, which consisted of 22 used cut-and-shut aggregate hoppers that had been repurposed from coal hoppers, carried over 1,675 tonnes, exceeding previous deliveries to Crawley by approximately 350 tonnes.
Once the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is over, and normal service has been resumed, the new service between Dove Holes and Crawley is expected to run once a week.
GBRF managing director John Smith said: “We are delighted to unveil this new route in partnership with CEMEX. We have a longstanding relationship and the new service, which is expected to run once a week once operations are back to normal, is testament to the successful partnership we have forged.
“We are also absolutely committed to keeping Britain on track during the challenging times. GB Railfreight does not shy away from these moments and we are delighted to be doing our bit to keep the economy moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to running more services in the coming weeks and months.”
CEMEX UK’s supply chain director David Hart added: “Our rail network is an important way for us to transport our materials around the country to where they are needed.
“The addition of this new route allows us to better serve our customers, while the increased capacity offers further sustainability benefits by taking trucks off the road and reducing congestion.
“We are pleased to partner with GBRf on this new service as they share our commitment to a safe and reliable operation.”