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

MP Matthew Pennycook discovers the beginnings of iconic London projects on visit to Tarmac Greenwich Wharf

October 6, 2022
Tarmac welcomed leading local politician Matthew Pennycook, Labour MP for Greenwich and Woolwich, along with councillors David Gardner and Nick Williams from Greenwich Council, on...
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£10k grant sees refurb get underway at Tideswell community sports facility

October 3, 2022
A much-needed renovation project has been kick started at a sports and leisure pavilion at Tideswell Community Park, Derbyshire, thanks to a £10,311 donation from...
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National Inclusion Week: inclusivity in action at Tarmac

September 30, 2022
As an inclusive employer in the construction and sustainable materials industry, Tarmac is proud to support National Inclusion Week.
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Tarmac team tackles bike ride for Velindre Cancer Centre

September 29, 2022
Employees from Tarmac’s Aberthaw Cement Plant have completed a gruelling cycling challenge to raise funds and awareness for a local cancer cause.
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Opportunity to celebrate the life of her Majesty the Queen as Jubilee planting comes to Panshanger Park

September 27, 2022
Planting of a new jubilee woodland is soon to begin at Tarmac’s Panshanger Park, with members of the local community being given the opportunity to...
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Tarmac wins levelling up award for its contribution to social mobility

September 22, 2022
Tarmac is celebrating becoming a winner at the first ever Purpose Business Coalition Levelling Up Awards 2022, in recognition of the company’s achievements in helping...
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West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service carry out specialist vehicle training at Tarmac’s Littlehampton site

September 21, 2022
This is a drill! The emergency services team from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service took to Tarmac’s Littlehampton asphalt plant to carry out specialist...
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Tarmac invites submissions to its 2022 Innovation Challenge

September 20, 2022
Tarmac is inviting submissions to its third annual Innovation Challenge, open to existing and new suppliers, university teams and all organisations and individuals with an...
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Tarmac pays respects to Her Majesty The Queen

September 9, 2022
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.
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Nottinghamshire village receives grant to help improve residents’ health and wellbeing

September 8, 2022
Residents in Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire, will be as fit a fiddle thanks to a community recreation and wellbeing initiative funded by the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.
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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.