Tarmac celebrates prestigious rail industry award win for freight innovation

17 September 2021 | Tarmac

Tarmac is celebrating after scooping a prestigious rail industry award in recognition of its commitment to boosting innovation, operational efficiency and its collaborative efforts to support the UK’s rail freight network.

The company secured top honours as the ‘Business of the Year’ at the Rail Freight Group (RFG) Awards for its contribution to growing and expanding the industry, including through investment in new technology, rail-linked facilities and wagons, as well as collaborative working to drive decarbonisation and sustainability.

The judges commended Tarmac for providing “a clear voice in rail industry organisations and bodies” which “leads by example”, citing some of the business’ key innovations and initiatives, including the successful introduction of the first ‘jumbo’ freight trains on the west coast mainline and a partnership with the University of Derby seeking to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.

Chris Swan, head of rail at Tarmac, said: “With net zero becoming an ever-greater priority, the rail freight network is becoming more important in the UK than ever before and we’re proud to play a significant role in the industry and its future. We’re constantly reviewing how we operate to integrate new innovation and ways to accelerate efficiency and decarbonisation, not just from our own operations but across the industry as a whole.

“Rail freight is a hugely important, yet often unseen part of our daily operational activity serving the UK construction industry. To receive the RFG’s Business of the Year Award is testament to the importance of rail freight to our operations and its significance to the construction materials sector. A huge thank you goes to our freight partners for their ongoing support and, most importantly, to our dedicated rail team here at Tarmac.”

In addition to its award, Tarmac also secured the runner up spot in the ‘Community and Environmental Responsibility’ category for its partnership with Rail Forum Midlands and the University of Derby. Established with the aim of exploring how the business could work more effectively with its rail supply chain, the partners launched the Opportunities for Decarbonising Freight challenge – a chance for SMEs to pitch new products and creative ideas with the aim of helping the industry to reduce its carbon footprint.

Tarmac is one of the UK’s largest users of rail freight and is constantly looking for ways to further innovate operationally – both in terms of saving carbon and improving service delivery to its customers.

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Tarmac, a CRH company, is the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business. Tarmac combines the knowledge and expertise of two of the construction industry’s most iconic brands: Tarmac, the pioneers of the modern road and Blue Circle, the company that patented Portland Cement.

Our innovative products and solutions not only safely deliver the infrastructure needed to grow the UK economy today but also help to create a more sustainable built environment for the country’s long-term future. We have contributed to some of the UK’s biggest construction projects, including The Sainsbury Laboratory, Wembley Stadium, Heathrow Terminal 5, Blackpool Sea Defences, The Shard and London 2012.

The company has over 150 years of experience and directly employs around 7,000 people across a nationwide network of over 400 sites. Our solutions span aggregates, asphalt, cement, lime, readymix concrete, offsite manufacture, road contracting, highways maintenance and infrastructure services, building products and recycling services. This unique combination of people, technology and assets enables us to offer customers unrivalled choice, innovation and flexibility. www.tarmac.com

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CRH (LSE: CRH, ISE: CRG, NYSE: CRH) is the leading building materials business in the world, employing c.76,600 people at c.3,100 operating locations in 29 countries. It is the largest building materials business in North America and in Europe. It also has positions in Asia. CRH manufactures and supplies a range of integrated building materials, products and innovative solutions which can be found throughout the built environment, from major public infrastructure projects to commercial buildings and residential structures. A Fortune 500 company, CRH is a constituent member of the FTSE 100 Index, the EURO STOXX 50 Index, the ISEQ 20 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Europe. CRH’s American Depositary Shares are listed on the NYSE. For more information, visit www.crh.com 

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