GBRf Class 60 Penmaenmawr (Photo: Hanson)

UK: Hanson has reopened its Penmaenmawr railhead in north Wales, as part of its strategy to reduce vehicle movements and associated CO2 emissions.

The quarrying company has spent £300 000 refurbishing the facility, including upgrades to the railhead conveyor which was last used in 2012. The first trial service was operated by GB Railfreight and transported stone to the Tuebrook depot near Liverpool to test the equipment and uncover any operational issues within the quarry and at the railhead.

Hanson now aims to load one train per week with aggregates for delivery in northwest England, with the volumes being dependent on its destination and the capacity of the network.

‘Reopening of our Penmaenmawr railhead is the first step towards re-establishing the long-term economic viability of the quarry, which also underpins the supply of asphalt and concrete products and so supports a number of local jobs both directly and indirectly’, said Hanson aggregates regional director Becky Murphy on January 11.