SAND AND GRAVEL EXTRACTION: THE DEVELOPMENT OF RAIL-SERVED AGGREGATE DEPOTS

This report is concerned with the development of rail-served aggregate depots in the south east of England with a view to easing the demand for sand and gravel working in this area. After a general introduction which is primarily concerned with the work of the verney committee on aggregates, the report sets out the current situation. This includes maps showing the locations and throughputs of existing rail depots for aggregates and the materials handled and facilities at the depots. The average rail haul of crushed rock is quoted as being 104 miles and of sand and gravel, 44 miles, and the quantity involved in 1973 was about 8.8 million tonnes. (about 4 per cent of total production). Figures show the primary rail movements involved. The next part of the report sets out the local authority view of problems arising from depots which are mainly of an environmental nature. This is followed by an account of possible responses to these problems which is illustrated by the approach adopted by Surrey County Council. Prospects for the future are discussed and a table giving forecasts for the period 1973-80 is included. The report concludes by pointing out that the problems are unlikely to outweigh the advantages of developing a comprehensive system, the need for a guiding strategy for local authorities, the possibility of using the depots for return flows of refuse and by making reference to studies that can be made by British Rail, the British Quarrying and Slag Federation and the Sand and Gravel Association. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Greater London Council

    County Hall
    London SE1 7PB,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Overton, D
  • Publication Date: 1974-7-31

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 9 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097774
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SC 8 Conf Paper
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM