The Port of Tilbury and FM Conway have extended their agreement for a further five years to load aggregate for the latter firm’s Theale facility.
FM Conway is the largest independent supplier of asphalt in the southeast. The new agreement will also see the doubling of rail freight using its rail service provider, Freightliner, to Theale with two trains leaving Tilbury each week from this month (January).
The trains will leave the Tilbury each week on Tuesday and Friday, carrying over 3,000t of aggregate by rail to Theale for use on the UK’s highway network and other construction projects.
Thousands of tonnes of material arrives by vessel from Norway into the port each month and then distributed by road and rail across the southeast to keep at pace with demand.
“This is great news to start the year,” said Mark Faraway, senior commercial manager at the Port of Tilbury. “Our bulks business at the Port of Tilbury is thriving as we have the key ingredients to ensure an efficient and greener supply chain for our customers. We have a good relationship with the team at FM Conway and we are pleased that we can continue this for the next five years.”
Tim Metcalf, FM Conway A&A business development director, commented: “Working together with the Port of Tilbury and other supply chain partners, such as Stema-Mibau and Freightliner, allows us to significantly reduce carbon emissions and road traffic in the south east. We look forward to our continued successful working relationship with the Port of Tilbury.”