Aggregates from Portbury

A new flow of aggregates from the terminal at Portbury, near Bristol, has begun.

Two trains ran to Acton in the last week of January, with a further working in the first week in February. The trains are operated by GB Railfreight on behalf of Aggregate Industries and are believed to be conveying granite from AI’s Glensanda quarry in Scotland, which is shipped to Portbury and then transferred to rail. GBRf says the trains will move 90,000 tonnes of aggregates, amounting to around 60 trains, with consideration being given to further shipments.

The workings are part of a renaissances for aggregates traffic from the Bristol area in recent times. Workings have restarted from Tytherington quarry in South Gloucestershire, with moves to Cricklewood, Calvert and Appleford, while loading of aggregates at the terminal at Bristol East has also recommenced.