DB Schenker Rail has won aggregate transport contracts with construction companies United Asphalt, Brett Aggregates and J Clubb.
It reckons the three deals will save two million road miles each year.
A five year contract with United Asphalt involves transporting hard stone aggregate from Ipswich Docks and Avonmouth Docks to Theale, Berkshire and is the first time that imported hard stone has been moved from Ipswich Docks by rail.
Three services will be completed each week, carrying approximately 1,300 tonnes of aggregate per train. The first service ran from Avonmouth Docks on 12 October carrying specialist skid resistant aggregates imported from Belfast.
Brett Aggregates has signed a ten year contract for moving aggregates, for use in the production of concrete, from Cliffe, Kent to Brett’s new railhead in Neasden, North London.
The new service, which commenced 14 October, will run at a rate of two trains per week carrying approximately 1,300 tonnes of material per train, the equivalent of around 90 lorry loads.
The third contract, with J Clubb, involves transporting ash from West Burton Power Station, Nottinghamshire to East Peckham, Kent.
The six year deal will see DB Schenker Rail UK operate two trains per week, transporting around 1,200 tonnes of product per train. The ash is used in the production of concrete blocks, an eco-alternative to tipping the ash for waste.