Rail Transport

With more than 60 rail-connected sites nationwide we are one of the country’s biggest users of the rail freight network, transporting around nine million tonnes of materials across the UK every year. 

National Network

With an unrivalled national network and an ongoing commitment to develop and enhance our rail freight capabilities we are able to move materials to where they are need in a highly efficient way, resulting in fewer lorries on the roads, improved air quality and reduced carbon emissions – all contributing to a lower carbon built environment. 


As a strong advocate for the use of rail freight in supporting the delivery of our national infrastructure ambitions [link to Promoting rail freight page] we continually invest in new terminals and handling facilities, as well as the latest equipment both on the rails and at our sites to ensure our operations are as efficient as possible. For a recent example take a look at this story on award-winning work at our Battersea readymix plant [insert link].

Complete logistics

Sustainable options and solutions don’t stop at the rail terminal. Our rail operations are part of a  balanced logistics portfolio, delivering materials in bulk to strategic urban locations for onward ‘last mile’ delivery by road – read more about our road transport operations.

Our latest news

Tarmac demonstrates how to keep roads moving in Rutland with JCB’s new pothole repair machine

April 13, 2021
Tarmac and JCB have successfully trialled a brand-new revolutionary pothole fixing machine – in partnership with Rutland County Council.
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Anti-ageing roads could keep roadworks at bay

April 12, 2021
A new type of material that acts like an anti-ageing cream for roads could prevent the need for roadworks and reduce the environmental impact.
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Tarmac secures leading industry accreditation for use of innovative rubber asphalt

April 7, 2021
Tarmac has become the first company in the UK to secure recognised industry approval for its innovative rubber modified asphalt incorporating recycled end of life...
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Tarmac grant helps Parwich Royal British Legion with lockdown makeover

April 6, 2021
A donation from the Tarmac Landfill Community Fund has the villagers of Parwich, Derbyshire, counting down the days until the re-opening of the Royal British...
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Tarmac Kier JV awarded highways contract by the London Borough of Barnet

April 6, 2021
Tarmac Kier joint venture (JV) has been awarded a new highways maintenance and improvements contract with the London Borough of Barnet. The new contract, valued...
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Tarmac kids get creative to mark inspirational women

April 1, 2021
Tarmac employees and their families turned their hand to art for a creative competition to celebrate inspirational women, past and present.
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Tarmac grant helps Whisby Nature Park with facilities upgrade

April 1, 2021
Access to the visitor centre at Whisby Nature Park will be improved through a programme of work thanks to a grant from the Tarmac Landfill...
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AIA ALARM survey reveals the need for consistent funding for local road improvements

March 31, 2021
The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) has published results from its annual independent and comprehensive study into the maintenance funding and condition of local roads across...
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Nottinghamshire Hockey Club receives £35,000 from Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund

March 29, 2021
A project to renovate a hockey pitch in Nottinghamshire has received a grant of £35,000 from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.
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Tarmac continues wildlife conservation efforts with reptile habitat enhancements at Bellhouse Quarry

March 26, 2021
Populations of nationally important reptile species have been protected and moved to specially designed and bespoke new habitats at Tarmac’s Bellhouse Quarry in Essex.
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Rail capability statistics

£2m saved in sourcing switches enabled by rail


4% more tonnage on each train (vs 2018)


£670k delivered in cost saving initiatives


50% reduction in freight operator train cancellations


£750k of CI benefits delivered since 2016


Promoting Rail Freight

The rail freight movement of cement, aggregates and other construction materials is a national sustainability success story, having a vital part in the supply chain of the construction industry and helping to deliver a lower carbon built environment.

Tarmac plays a lead role in advocating and promoting the use of rail freight in the construction industry as well as advancing innovation and collaborative working. 

This includes being an active member of the Rail Freight Group and the Mineral Product Industry’s Rail Group. As part of this we share a collective commitment to:

Increase the average payload per train
Support the development of the rail network and terminals
Promote rail freight as the preferred solution for supplying major infrastructure schemes
Improve the safety and environmental performance of our rail operations
Be a responsible user of the network, achieving continuous improvement commitment to innovation and driving efficiencies 

Find out more about these commitments and the opportunity for rail freight to support UK infrastructure ambitions. 

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We're also passionate about showcasing our rail operations and industry as widely as possible.  Most recently we took a staring turn in educational film with leading online children’s educational video platform, Toddler Fun Learning.

Our business isn't simply about construction materials, it's about the people.

Sustainable construction, our job is to protect valuable resources for the future.