GB Railfreight (GBRf) and RS Rail Services signed a five-year extension contract continuing the existing deal since 2016 to supply rail freight transport services. GRS Rail Services is a joint venture between Tarmac and aggregates trading company GRS.
“Given the uncertain economic picture we are facing at this time, it is more important than ever to continue with the work we have done so successfully throughout 2020 and the new contract extension will ensure we keep the economy moving in the right direction as we emerge from the pandemic,” John Smith, Managing Director at GB Railfreight said.
Under the contract, the rail freight operator will supply rail haulage services between the largest granite quarry of the United Kingdom, Mountsorrel Quarry in Leicestershire, operated by Tarmac, and a major aggregates supply depot at Wellingborough, Northamptonshire operated by GRS.
The Wellingborough depot was developed between Network Rail, GB Railfreight, Tarmac and GRS to support major infrastructure projects such as the redevelopment of the A14 in Cambridgeshire, one of the country’s biggest highways schemes in recent years.
Over the course of the last five years, the contract has evolved to serve new supply points, such as Swinden Quarry, North Yorkshire, and Tunstead Quarry, Derbyshire, and feed new railheads in Luton and Northampton.
GBRf and GRS Rail Services have also moved over 1.8 million tonnes of aggregates across the UK to support the construction industry and prevented almost 100,000 lorry loads from using our roads. The announcement of the extension contract renewals signals the resilience of a longstanding and fruitful relationship between the two companies.
“Our partnership with GB Railfreight has gone from strength to strength, allowing us to meet the construction industry’s demand for aggregates with the lowest possible carbon footprint and in the most efficient way possible,” Jon Fisher, Chief Executive at GRS said.
The partnership of GB Railfreight and GRS Rail Services will allow for the operation of services from the Peak District to terminals at Wellingborough, Luton, Northampton and Peterborough, as well as the redevelopment of Wellingborough Aggregates Depot.