Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New Rail Freight Terminal Aims to Take 10,000 Road Haulage Trucks Off the Road Annually

Target is to Handle 300,000 Tonnes per Year
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UK – Rail freight operator Freightliner and terminal handling concern Rail Freight Services have got together with the Tarmac group to open a new rail depot inside Freightliner's existing Garston complex. The Tarmac Garston project, approximately just five miles from Liverpool City Centre, is intended to support long term employment in the locality, both directly on the site itself and via the supply chain whilst supplying materials for use in a wide range of infrastructure projects across the region, including the newly constructed Mersey Gateway project.

According to the partners, the development will take around 10,000 trucks off the roads every year, and it has now been officially opened by the Mayor for Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram in conjunction with local MP for Garston and Halewood, Maria Eagle. Steve Rotheram commented:

“Tarmac has a strong presence in the Liverpool City Region, and I am delighted to have been asked to jointly open their new Garston rail depot with my good friend and colleague Maria Eagle. This depot will help serve the ambitious development plans that I have for the Liverpool City Region, and I am heartened to hear that Tarmac is putting environmental concerns at the centre of their thinking. Moving materials by rail over long distances has got to be better than thousands of HGV movements on our already crowded roads. I welcome this positive step forward.”

The operation created by the partnership will receive up to 300,000 tonnes of aggregates a year for onward supply to Tarmac customers across Merseyside and Cheshire. Adam Cunliffe, UK MD for Freightliner said:

“We are pleased, once again, to be partnering with Tarmac in the continued expansion of their rail freight network. Garston is one of Freightliner’s most established terminals and has seen a steady increase in rail-hauled container traffic over the last five years. The introduction of this new aggregates workflow will bring added environmental as well as economic benefits to Liverpool and the surrounding North West region.”

Richard Kirwin, Area Director for Tarmac said how pleased the company was to mark the official opening of a depot which was part of the group’s ongoing national strategy to increase the movement of material by rail and support the drive toward more efficient, sustainable transport and a lower carbon environment, whilst Maria Eagle pointed out the value of such projects, adding:

“Garston is a perfect location for such an important rail freight depot to serve the Liverpool City Region and beyond. We have years of underinvestment in our national infrastructure to catch up on, and I am really pleased to see Garston playing such an important strategic role in this. I particularly welcome the new jobs that the rail depot will create, and I look forward to working with Tarmac in the future.”

Photo: Chris Swan, head of rail, Tarmac; Maria Eagle MP for Garston and Halewood; Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region; Jim Flatman, managing director, Rail Freight Services; Matthew Caygill, general manager, commercial, Freightliner; Steve Lea, commercial manager, Tarmac.