Suffolk Chamber Patron ABP win RFG's Award
ABP Ipswich and Brett Aggregates have won this year’s Rail Freight Group (RFG) Community and Environmental Responsibility Award for their work in developing a new rail-based flow from the Port of Ipswich to London Concrete in Watford.
The award seeks to recognise companies involved in community projects or charity events which bring benefits to wider society and, in doing so, help promote the rail freight industry. Since January 2016, nearly 100,000 tonnes of product have been transported by rail as a result of this project, representing 20.6% of Brett Aggregates’ throughput at the Port of Ipswich. Each 1100 tonne trainload removes 38 HGV movements from the UK road system and eliminates 8040 road miles in HGV terms, while at the same time utilising only one train crew instead of the up to 38 HGV drivers required to transport the equivalent volume. Adam Smith, General Manager for Brett Aggregates Eastern Area, commented: “We are immensely proud to have received this Award. The hard work and planning by our people on site along and their excellent relationship with the staff at ABP means we can continue to work hard to find sustainable alternatives to traditional transport methods, delivering benefits to the customer and the local communities in which we operate.”
In the absence of this project, the product could have been transported by road to Watford using HGV transport. At a distance of 106 miles from Ipswich, each 29 tonne load would have incurred 212 road miles with the associated environmental and related road congestion impact. This means that in the 16-month reference period, 731,400 or nearly three quarters of a million road miles would have been generated in transport terms. Andrew Harston, ABP’s Short Sea Ports Director, said: “By working closely with our valued customer, Brett Aggregates, we have succeeded in delivering a commercial and logistics solution by rail, which brings many economic and environmental benefits to the local community. “Not only have we helped our customer win new business, we have also created a supply chain, which is environmentally sustainable, reduces congestion in Ipswich and has a minimal impact on neighbouring properties.” ABP Southampton and Solent Stevedores were also recognised at the Awards, as they were runners-up for the Rail Freight Project of the Year award for their development of the new intermodal terminal in the Western Docks.