Freightliner has signed a long-term, bulk rail-haulage contract with Mendip Rail Ltd, a joint venture between two of the UK’s largest aggregate/cement producers, Hanson Aggregates and Aggregate Industries (AI).Under the new contract, commencing in November 2019, Freightliner will haul an expected eight million tons per year (approximately 107,000 annual wagon-loads) of aggregate to terminals in London and the Southeast of England from quarries owned by Hanson and AI in the Mendips, Northern Somerset.
The aggregate will be used for various construction projects including housing and road improvements.
As part of the contract, Freightliner will purchase eight locomotives from Mendip Rail.
“With this new contract, Freightliner is privileged to serve two customers that are critical to the UK construction market, and we are committed to the customer-focus and service reliability that defines all of our operations,” said Freightliner CEO Gary Long.
He added: “By adding one of the largest bulk haulage contracts in the UK, we are also adding to the foundation of our long-term bulk business as we have successfully replaced traffic losses caused by the collapse of the UK coal industry in 2015.”