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’s innovative luminescent concrete receives glowing approval 

December 3, 2021
An innovative glow in the dark paving system that absorbs ultraviolet rays during the day and radiates a soft luminescent light at night has been...
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Age is not necessarily a sign of diminishing life for grand old veterans of Panshanger Park 

December 2, 2021
  Panshanger Park, the Tarmac-owned former quarry and now popular country park and nature reserve, boasts more than 800 ‘veteran’ trees that are, in-turn, home to hundreds of species of wildlife...
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Tarmac grant to fund interpretation at restored cottage visitor centre

December 1, 2021
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s historic Aqueduct Cottage has received a £21,000 donation from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund. The money will be used to design and...
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Tarmac hosts roundtable to inspire the next generation of sustainability leaders 

November 30, 2021
Tarmac held a virtual roundtable with young people, and alumni, from Solutions for the Planet’s Big Ideas Programme, to discuss climate change and sustainability issues that mattered to them.  
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Quorn scout hut becomes hub of community after £45k donation from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund 

November 29, 2021
When the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund donated more than £45,000 to a Leicestershire scout group, the money not only enabled the troop to save their hut roof, but also provided a thriving new hub for the local community. 
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Modern building techniques sit alongside dinosaurs and medieval history at Welsh castle

November 25, 2021
History – ancient and modern – features heavily at Fonmon Castle in South Wales after Tarmac installed a new exhibit about the construction industry in the castle grounds. 
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Tarmac’s award-winning photographers focus their lenses on the diverse wildlife inhabiting quarries

November 24, 2021
Biodiversity around Tarmac’s quarries is being celebrated by award-winning photographers who have captured the incredible array of wildlife that has made its home in restored – and active – sites thanks to the company’s conservation efforts. 
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Pedal-power pair have designs on healthier school commutes after winning Tarmac-sponsored bikes  

November 23, 2021
Two Derby schoolchildren are enjoying life in the saddle after winning a Tarmac-sponsored competition to design new bikes to highlight the benefits of cycling to school.
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Tilehurst Panthers poised to pounce after donation from Tarmac 

November 22, 2021
An all-girls football team is poised to pounce on their rivals, dressed in new shirts thanks to a donation from Tarmac.
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Tarmac hosts interactive day for pupils as part of Northumberland National Park’s STEM festival

November 22, 2021
Pupils from Bellingham Middle School and Dr Thomlinson Middle School attended an action-packed STEM event at Tarmac’s Barrasford Quarry, which brought Northumberland National Park’s first...
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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.