New contract trebles aggregates work for GB Railfreight

New contract trebles aggregates work for GB Railfreight

GB Railfreight recently ran its first train for Aggregates Industries (AI), as part of a five-year deal to transport aggregates, such as sand and stone, from AI quarries to various depots and handling sites across the UK.

The new contract is a significant development for the freight operator in aggregates rail freight, as it almost trebles the work it is currently undertaking in the industry.  It is also testament to the operator’s desire to support the supply chain and promote the wider construction and building materials sector across the UK.

Under the multi-million pound contract GB Railfreight will run five trains a day, five days a week, from Bardon Hill, Croft, Neath, Avonmouth, Shrewsbury and the Isle of Grain to several locations.

Over the past year GB Railfreight has invested more than £50 million in rolling stock, both locomotives and wagons, over the past year, and has significantly increased its operating efficiency through a host of technological innovations.

GB Railfreight’s Managing Director, John Smith, said:“We have recently been looking at expanding our aggregates business across the UK, because we believe we have the team and fleet available to deliver optimum solutions in the area.  This five-year contract with Aggregate Industries is a key milestone in this progression, trebling our workflows, and we are delighted to be working with such a prestigious name in supporting the construction sector.”

Simon Blake, Aggregate Industries’ General Manager, Simon Blake added:“We are pleased to have secured the services of GB Railfreight for the next five years.  We rely on a reliable service and a committed team to support our rail distribution and GB Railfreight have shown they can provide both.  We hope to harness their ambition and to grow our business alongside theirs with further traffic movements and services.”