DB Cargo renew 10-year contract with Day Group
New rail contract keeps equivalent of 190 lorry loads a day off roads in the South East
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 off the congested roads of south-east England.
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 are providing rail services moving sea-dredged aggregates from Cliffe, in Kent, to depots at Crawley, Purley, Tolworth and Battersea. 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 rail freight services transport incinerator bottom ash from the energy-from-waste plant at Newhaven to Brentford, where the material is processed into construction aggregates. The train that delivers the ash is reloaded with recycled aggregates for distribution from Newhaven, providing a two-way rail movement of bulk products and further increasing the environmental benefits of rail transport.
The contract includes growth in traffic volumes through additional services to new concrete plants and further ash services. DB Cargo are also introducing high-capacity wagons to support the expected growth in volumes.