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

New era for Panshanger Park

January 18, 2021
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Why supporting National Pothole Day matters in the age of Covid-19

January 15, 2021
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Tarmac spreads festive cheer to local schools

December 22, 2020
Tarmac’s Barnstone Cement Plant spread some festive spirit in the local area by delivering Christmas trees to local schools.
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Tarmac celebrates Professional Operator Development Programme success

December 15, 2020
Thirty Tarmac apprentices are celebrating the successful completion of the company’s industry leading Professional Operator Development Programme (PODP).
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Tarmac receives approval from Natural England to expand National Nature Reserve

December 9, 2020
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Tarmac wish Parwich Village a ‘tree-mendous’ Christmas

December 7, 2020
Tarmac’s Ballidon quarry is helping local village Parwich, in Derbyshire, get in the festive spirit with the donation of a Christmas tree.
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Tarmac launches Christmas video celebrating key night time workers

December 2, 2020
To mark the beginning of the festive period Tarmac has launched a Christmas video celebrating key workers and all of the unsung heroes helping to...
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Tarmac launches new website to boost customer service excellence

November 30, 2020
Tarmac has launched a new and improved user-friendly website as part of its ongoing commitment to putting the customer journey first and enhancing the business’...
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Tarmac congratulates Solutions for the Planet Big Ideas Competition winners

November 26, 2020
Tarmac has congratulated the young winners of the Solutions for the Planet (S4TP) Virtual Big Ideas Competition 2020 following its first virtual national final, which...
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Tarmac successfully installs new bridge in Cambridge for major new sustainable transport scheme

November 20, 2020
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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.