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Economic distribution means that materials can now be used in London
DB Schenker Rail UK has launched its first services from Burngullow near St.Austell in Cornwall to London, transporting eco-friendly materials for the construction industry. The service will carry aggregates to DB Schenker Rail UK’s construction hub in Stratford, near Queen Elizabeth Park, on behalf of London based S.Walsh & Sons.
The aggregates are a by-product from the production of china clay by the company Imerys, a world leader in mineral based speciality solutions for industry. Every tonne of china clay produced can generate between five to nine tonnes of waste materials, a significant proportion of which has the potential for use as a secondary aggregate.
The Cornish granite, which meets the requirements of sustainable building in the UK, can be used to produce concrete, building blocks and asphalt. Traditionally much of the granite has remained in Cornwall but the increasing demand for eco-friendly sources of building materials combined with economic distribution methods means that the material can now be used in London and the South East, where there is a shortage of locally produced materials.
Over the last 18 months DB Schenker Rail UK has worked with Imerys and construction solutions provider S.Walsh & Sons to develop a cost-effective means to transport the materials.
The first train left Cornwall on Monday 15th June, with a second making the journey on Wednesday 17th June. Each train will carry 1,200 tonnes of granite to London.
This is the first time that S.Walsh & Sons has used rail transport. The partnership has helped to realise the potential of this material for construction projects, which will support the economy in Cornwall in the future. Cornish granite represents the largest untapped reserve of aggregate in the UK where hundreds of millions of tonnes are available for use in concrete, building products and asphalt.