Rail freight is supplying London’s major projects while reducing carbon emissions and road congestion
- 2m+ tonnes of aggregate and cement is moved by Tarmac using rail every year.
- Material transported by rail contributes to some of London’s major construction projects, from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to Waterloo station.
- In 2017 the volume of material moved by rail from Greenwich removed around 22,000 vehicles from the capital’s roads.
“Rail freight supplies essential materials for construction in the region, while minimising the impact on local communities by significantly reducing lorries on the roads. It supports sustainable development and growth opportunities in south east London and Kent, and across the UK.”
Ben Garner, Rail Implementation and Contracts Manager, Tarmac
Tarmac moves more than 2m tonnes of aggregate and cement by rail every year, meeting its customers’ requirements for high quality construction materials and helping to deliver local and national infrastructure ambitions.
Material is currently handled by 12 terminals across London with more planned in the future. A significant volume of aggregates used by businesses in central London comes from marine sources through Greenwich Wharf, just upstream of the Thames Barrier and the busiest marine aggregate plant in the UK.
Sand and gravel arriving at the site is transported by rail to a number of concrete plants in the capital in strategic locations including Battersea, Kings Cross and Park Royal. The final, short distance part of the delivery is completed by road, to minimise impact on local communities. Material transported by rail from Greenwich contributes to some of London’s major construction projects, from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and football stadiums to Waterloo station and Thames Tideway, London’s new super sewer.
Tarmac is committed to supporting ambitions in London and throughout the UK to improve road safety and air quality. In 2017 the volume of material moved by rail from Greenwich removed around 22,000 vehicles from the capital’s roads.
In total, the company’s rail operations in London remove over 100,000 HGVs from the roads annually, reducing the CO2, NOx and traffic congestion in the supply chain.