Hope Works manager Ashley Bryan (left) accepts the award from VTG managing director Robert Brook.

Lafarge wins award for Hope Rail Project

Published:  23 February, 2010

DERBYSHIRE: A rail project to cut cement deliveries by road has secured a second national prize for Lafarge Cement at the Eversholt Rail Business Awards last week.

Lafarge Cement's £2m0 rail infrastructure programme at its Hope Works in Derbyshire was the winner of the VTG Rail Freight Excellence Award, just months after the company scooped the top prize at the Rail Freight Group's national awards.

 

Hope Works' rail upgrade formed a central part of a major national scheme to strengthen the delivery service it offers to customers. By transforming Lafarge's cement distribution facility, the project has increased the volume of cement the company is able to transport by rail from Hope to 900000 tonnes each year, taking up to 6800 lorry loads off the road, enhancing the sustainability of this major cement works.

Alaister White, national logistics manager for Lafarge Cement UK, said: "At a tough time for the construction industry, it is vital that sustainability help maximise business efficiency and reaching our commercial objectives.

"As well as reducing the environmental impact of our operations, our rail set-up gives us a competitive edge by providing greater flexibility to the supply chain and reinforces the place of rail in our future business plans."

Launched in 1998, the Rail Business Awards are the longest-established initiative to recognise business excellence in the rail industry. Lafarge Cement's Hope Works was among 16 organisations and individuals recognised at the awards ceremony.

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