Lafarge rail project wins

Published:  23 September, 2009

DERBYSHIRE: A pioneering rail project to cut cement deliveries by road has secured the top prize at the Rail Freight Group’s national awards. 

Lafarge Cement’s £20 million rail infrastructure programme at its Hope Works in Derbyshire was selected by judges to receive a Special Judges Award at the ceremony on 15 September – the first time an accolade of this kind has been given.

The Hope Works rail upgrade has formed a central part of a major national scheme by Lafarge to strengthen the delivery service it offers to customers. By transforming Lafarge’s cement distribution facility, the project has increased the volume of cement transported via rail from Hope to 900 000 tonnes each year, while taking 6800 lorry loads off the road and enhancing the sustainability of this major cement works.

At the same time, the investment has helped the plant maintain its competitive edge during a period when the construction materials market is at its most challenging.

Dave Burley, supply and distribution director at Lafarge Cement, comments: “This award demonstrates the value put on construction materials companies investing in new logistics solutions to meet the changing demands of today’s world. We are delighted to receive such a prestigious prize. The Hope Rail Project would not have happened without the dedication of our land and planning, logistics, works and implementation teams, who were supported by a diverse group of people from across the wider business. Maximising the efficiencies of our delivery processes at a time when the industry is facing significant challenges is crucial; together, we have shown that sustainable business and commercial objectives can go hand in hand.”

Rail Freight Awards judge Richard Walford, of Burgess Salmon, said: “This year we have decided to make a special award in recognition of an outstanding project and its implementation. Lafarge Cement should be congratulated on its rail project at Hope which epitomizes the benefits of using rail for the distribution of essential products, and which is predicted to achieve the company substantial savings in transport costs each year.”

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