Hope boosts cement rail transport with £1m investment

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 14:19
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The team next to a tailor-made rail wagon

£1 million investment in the manufacture and long-term lease of 48 tailor-made rail wagons

Britain’s leading independent supplier of construction materials, Hope Construction Materials, has announced a major investment in rail transportation from its flagship Derbyshire cement operation.

Hope, who supply cement to customers across the UK, is investing over £1 million in the manufacture and long-term lease of 48 tailor-made rail wagons for the distribution of cement from its headquarters.

The wagons are being manufactured by German company Feldbinder, and are due for delivery to Hope Works in the autumn of 2015. Once in use, they will improve Hope’s ability to consistently transport over a million tonnes of cement from their leading plant to depots and then for onward road deliveries.

In keeping with the firm’s ongoing commitment to improving sustainability, the wagons will be built from aluminium, reducing weight and with it, fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The wagons will also be quieter than other models, utilising track-friendly bogeys which allow the wheels to turn around bends more easily.

Ashley Bryan, Industrial Director of Hope Construction Materials, said: “These new wagons will bring many benefits and help us achieve major improvements in our rail logistics operation.

“The improved wagon design also makes it easier for our operators to load and discharge cement, resulting in reduced manual handling.”

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