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DB Cargo UK inks Brett Aggregates contract

Rail freight operator DB Cargo UK has signed a new 10-year contract with Brett Aggregates, the largest independent producer of sand and gravel in the UK.

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DB Cargo UK recently ran the first freight train in 25 years into Newhaven Port as part of its collaboration with Brett Aggregates
DB Cargo UK recently ran the first freight train in 25 years into Newhaven Port as part of its collaboration with Brett Aggregates

The contract will see DB Cargo UK transport millions of tonnes of sea-dredged products every year from Brett’s marine aggregates terminals in Ipswich, Cliffe and Newhaven. The product will be transported primarily for use in the construction sector.


Roger Neary, DB Cargo UK’s head of sales, said the new contract further cemented the company’s relationship with Brett, which was founded on strong teamwork and collaboration.


A great example of this, he said, was DB Cargo UK’s recent work with Brett and Network Rail which saw the first freight train in almost 25 years transport product out of Newhaven Port.


“Rail freight is the most economic and environmentally friendly means of transporting large volumes of aggregates, with each train taking the equivalent of 76 HGVs off the UK’s already congested road network,” he said.


“We’re proud of our partnership with Brett and look forward to delivering safe and reliable rail services for them for years to come.”


Tom Longland, managing director of Brett Aggregates, said:

“The Brett Group has recently opened a new marine aggregates terminal at Newhaven Port with access to over 50 Mt of consented marine aggregate.


“This new agreement with DB Cargo enables joint plans for further growth in rail freight from Brett marine aggregate terminals and the development of further urban rail terminals in London.


“It builds on the significant investment made by Brett in its new marine terminal at Newhaven, capacity enhancements at existing terminals at Cliffe and Ipswich, and concrete plant at Wembley which will supply the London and South East construction market by rail,” he concluded.


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