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 sponsors Game Fair Show Garden

August 5, 2021
Tarmac is proud to have sponsored the show garden at this year's Game Fair, held at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire.
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Record supply of specialist asphalt for Tarmac

August 4, 2021
A major strategic road in Norfolk has been given a new lease of life thanks to the installation of our largest ever supply of a...
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Tarmac backs next generation of disabled athletes

August 2, 2021
We are a proud partner of the Weir Archer Academy, a unique training and coaching facility that supports and inspires the next generation of disabled...
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Bayston Hill quarry supports local childcare provider with emotional wellbeing training

August 2, 2021
Tarmac’s Bayston Hill quarry in Shropshire has recently supported a local childcare provider by offering funding for staff and parents to take part in mental...
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Net zero: five steps on the road to green skills and leadership

July 30, 2021
Delivering net-zero undoubtedly requires a significant cultural and behavioral shift for everyone involved in construction and infrastructure. What training and education is required to make...
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Tarmac given RoSPA Award for achievements in health and safety

July 29, 2021
We are proud to have won an internationally recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards, which included successfully adapting our operations to the...
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New community hub for Derbyshire village thanks to a grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund

July 27, 2021
Construction of a new ‘Pavilion in the Park’ is well underway at Ashbourne Recreation ground, Derbyshire, after receiving a grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities...
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Tarmac’s Skipton Quarry partners with the Yorkshire Dales National Park to host educational visit for local school

July 23, 2021
Tarmac’s Skipton Quarry was delighted to welcome students from Embsay Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School to take part in an educational visit in...
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Official opening for project funded through the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund

July 21, 2021
A parish council in Derbyshire recently held an opening ceremony for a project funded through the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.
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Consistency, commonality, clarity

July 20, 2021
Our Clean construction: unlocking net zero research has provided an excellent opportunity to understand what the sector is doing to evaluate and measure carbon. It’s...
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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.