New Rail Contract to Keep Lorry Loads off Busy Roads

DB Cargo UK will run more than 15 train services a week under a new 10 year deal with Day Group, keeping the equivalent of more than 190 lorry loads a day from the congested roads of South East England.

A DB Cargo train carrying sea dredged aggregates from Cliffe, Kent is seen passing through Clapham Junction © DB

David Fletcher, Head of Construction at DB Cargo UK, said:

“We are delighted that the long relationship between DB Cargo and Day Group has been renewed for another decade and we look forward to continuing to play a key part in the construction supply chain. The contract also strengthens DB Cargo UK’s market leading position.”

Nick Sadler, Operations Director at Day Group, said:

“The strong relationship with DB Cargo is essential to our business and the flexibility of DB Cargo to meet the changing requirements of the South East construction market was key to the renewal of our contract.”

Under the contract DB Cargo is providing rail services moving sea dredged aggregates from Cliffe in Kent to depots at Crawley, Purley, Tolworth and Battersea. The aggregates are used for the production of concrete and in general construction. The material is currently being used to support high profile construction projects in London including the Battersea Power Station development and the Northern Line extension.

Additional services transport incinerator bottom ash from the energy to waste plant at Newhaven to Brentford where the material is processed into aggregates for use in construction. The train that delivers the ash is then reloaded with recycled aggregates for distribution from Newhaven. This provides an unusual two way rail movement of bulk products and further increases the environmental benefits of rail transport.

The contract includes growth in traffic volumes through additional services to new concrete plants and for further ash services. DB Cargo is also introducing high capacity wagons to support the expected growth in volumes.

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