DB Cargo UK and Cemex UK launched this month the first jumbo train carrying building materials, to be used in the construction industry from ABP’s Port of Cardiff to Acton in London. The 660 metre long train was composed by 34 wagons that transported 2,300 tonnes of building materials, to be used in the construction industry from ABP’s Port of Cardiff to Acton in London.
– Using longer trains makes rail an even more efficient and competitive mode of transport. DB Cargo UK is pleased to have worked with Network Rail to deliver this new service for Cemex. The 660 metre long train requires the use of two locomotives because of the inclines in the Severn Tunnel. The use of one path to move a longer train also releases capacity for other freight services on a busy network – David Fletcher, Head of Major Projects at DB Cargo UK, said.
The train transported limestone from Cemex’s Wenvoe and Taff’s Well quarries, on the outskirts of Cardiff for use in the production of asphalt and concrete in London and the South East.
Transporting the materials by rail will save the equivalent of 80 truckloads on our congested roads.