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 donates gravel to fill in potholes to smooth way for Mountsorrel soccer families 

May 20, 2022
Tarmac’s Mountsorrel Quarry has helped a local football club shore up its defences against vehicle damage by donating material to fill in potholes in its...
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Blazing a trail for women’s football the Tarmac way

May 13, 2022
A women’s team made their own piece of history when they lifted the silverware in the Tarmac annual football tournament.
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Rock and role! Tarmac launches online location guide for movie makers 

May 12, 2022
Tarmac is helping movie makers and film producers achieve stunning backdrops to their blockbusters with a new online guide to the company’s many and varied...
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Tarmac support Grassington in Bloom

May 10, 2022
Tarmac’s Swinden Quarry, near Grassington in Yorkshire, has shown its support to the local community by sponsoring a miner’s bouse cart as part of the...
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Sandy cricketers no longer stumped by sticky wicket thanks to Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund donation

May 4, 2022
Cricketers in the Bedfordshire town of Sandy have been put back at the crease thanks to a donation from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.
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Durham scout group’s safety boost thanks to donation of asphalt from Tarmac

April 28, 2022
The scouts from the 2nd Chester-le-Street Scout Group have ‘knotting’ but thanks for Tarmac’s nearby Birtley team, following a much-needed donation of asphalt.
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Tarmac commits to reducing waste through pallet reuse initiative 

April 27, 2022
As part of its corporate commitment to embracing circular economy principles and reducing waste across its operations, Tarmac has signed a charter produced by The...
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Alrewas Cricket Club cuts it fine thanks to donation from Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund 

April 26, 2022
The pace of the outfield will be a little quicker at Alrewas Cricket Club this season thanks to a new ride-on mower purchased with a...
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Tarmac donation offers perfect pick-me-up for litter-loathing Wombles of Quorn

April 25, 2022
A group of civic-minded residents are making good use of the things that they find as they clear up the things everyday folk leave behind...
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Zen and the art of transport management

April 21, 2022
A 25-year veteran of Tarmac, Heidi Sherwood left school with virtually no qualifications and has worked her way steadily through the ranks from distribution clerk...
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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.