FREIGHTLINER HAS signed a long-term contract with Mendip Rail for bulk haulage of aggregates.
Commencing in November, the contract will see Freightliner haul an expected eight million tonnes per year of aggregates from quarries in the Mendips to terminals in London and the South East. The contract was previously held by DB Cargo. Mendip Rail is an independent company composed of the rail operation divisions of Aggregate Industries and Hanson Aggregates, which own the quarries. AI quarries are at Torr Works and Dulcote, while Hanson has plants at Batts Combe quarry and Whatley quarry. As part of the contract Freightliner will purchase eight Class 59 locomotives from Mendip Rail (AI and Hanson owned four each).