Company invests more than £600,000 in improvements to its UK rail network during 2020
CEMEX UK have invested more than £600,000 in their UK rail network this year, to increase safety standards and reliability whilst providing opportunities to grow and enhance service levels. Improvements have been made to six of the company’s railheads, including Dove Holes, Salford, Sheffield, Selby, Crawley and Cambridge.
In particular, nearly £400,000 was spent at Dove Holes railhead, near Buxton, in Derbyshire. As part of the enhancements to this site, an extension was made to the rail loading wall to increase the shovel loading and storage capacity, alongside track working improvements that will provide more flexibility for the operation at this site.
The company’s investment is part of a rolling four-year development programme, with plans in place to spend similar amounts each year. In particular, in 2021 the supply chain team expects to make further improvements at CEMEX’s Selby and Sheffield railheads.
David Hart, CEMEX’s supply chain director for the UK and France, commented: ‘As a result of the investment into our rail network this year, we have been able to grow volumes and make our service more reliable, which in turn has halved our unplanned outage costs and incidents.
‘These developments will also ensure our railheads lead the industry for safety standards and are more robust. Rail is an integral part of CEMEX UK’s supply chain network and we are committed to increasing our service further, capitalizing on the time, capacity and efficiency benefits this form of transport offers.’