Aggregate transportation

Most aggregates in the UK are moved by heavy goods vehicles, but alternative modes may increasingly be used in order to reduce the environmental impact of road congestion and pollution. During 2004-05, nearly 23 million tonnes of aggregates were moved by rail. This figure is predicted to increase by up to 26% by 2014-15. It has been predicted that every tonne of freight carried by rail produces at least 80% less carbon dioxide than that carried by road. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has reported that road freight accounted for 8% of UK carbon dioxide emissions in 2005. The factors influencing aggregate movement by rail are cost, the length of the journey, and the amount of quarry products to be transported. Lafarge Aggregates has signed a long-term contract with EWS to ensure that the majority of their aggregate products are delivered by rail. Derby County Council is committed to helping companies increase the amount of freight carried by rail. There are also benefits to be gained by moving aggregates by water on canals. CEMEX has started delivering aggregates by water. The environmental impact of HGVs can be reduced bv improving maintenance and by driver training.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 31-2,34
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 33
    • Issue Number: 12
    • Publisher: QMJ PUBLISHING LTD
    • ISSN: 0305-9421

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  • Accession Number: 01050826
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 5 2007 12:17AM