Partnership enables DB Schenker to deliver eco-solution for the construction industry

The first services from Burngullow near St.Austell in Cornwall transporting eco-friendly aggregates have been launched by DB Schenker Rail UK.  The materials were transported to the rail operator’s construction hub near in Stratford, London, on behalf of London based S.Walsh & Sons.

Each train has the capacity to haul 1,200 tonnes of granite.

The aggregate materials are a by-product from the production of china clay by Imerys, a world leading company in mineral based speciality solutions for industry.

Every tonne of china clay produced can generate between five to nine tonnes of waste materials, a significant proportion of which has the potential for use as a secondary aggregate.

The Cornish granite, which meets the requirements of sustainable building in the UK, can be used to produce concrete, building blocks and asphalt.

Traditionally much of the granite has remained in Cornwall but the increasing demand for eco-friendly sources of building materials combined with economic distribution methods means that the material can now be used in London and the South East, where there is a shortage of locally produced materials.

Over the last 18 months DB Schenker Rail UK has worked with Imerys and construction solutions provider S.Walsh & Sons to develop a cost-effective means to transport the materials.

David Fletcher, Head of Construction Sales for DB Schenker Rail UK, said: “This is the first time that S.Walsh & Sons has used rail transport and we are delighted to be working with them to transfer the product to London where it can be used by the construction industry.

“As the leading supplier of rail services to the construction sector this is an exciting and eco-friendly project that we are proud to be part of.’’

Westley Pickup, Commercial Director at S.Walsh & Sons, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Imerys Minerals and DB Schenker Rail UK in promoting the use of secondary Granite aggregate for construction in Greater London. The partnership has helped to realise the potential of this material for construction projects, which will support the economy in Cornwall in the future.”