Freightliner Heavy Haul last week ran it’s first train from the Sibelco UK Middleton Towers quarry to Quality Freight’s facility at Ellesmere Port transporting sand on behalf of Quinn Glass, a division of Quinn Group.
The sand will be used by Quinn Glass in the manufacture of glass containers for the food and beverage industries, at their plant at Elton, Cheshire.
This is the start of a long term contract between Quinn Group and Freightliner, with the aim of both companies to move more products using the rail network with Freightliner’s services.
The immediate start up will consist of 3 trains a week into Ellesmere Port before the operation transfers at a later date into a dedicated terminal and unloading facility at the Quinn Glass site at Elton, near Runcorn.
Freightliner Heavy Haul are providing the haulage and wagons as well as stock management of the products on behalf of Quinn Group.
Once the Quinn Glass facility at Elton is rail connected, which is due for completion in November this year, Freightliner Heavy Haul will transport the sand directly into the site. In the interim there will be a short road leg between Ellesmere Port and Elton for final delivery of product.
Adrian Curry, Chief Executive, Quinn glass Ltd said:
“We are very pleased to be partnering with Freightliner for our immediate rail and long term rail freight haulage requirements and look forward to developing further opportunities in the months and years to come. This transfer of sand from road to rail freight demonstrates a clear and long term commitment from Quinn Glass to sustainable transport.”
David Israel, Commercial Director, Freightliner Heavy Haul Ltd commented:
“We are delighted to have begun a long term partnership with Quinn Group for the movement of their raw materials. We look forward to providing a comprehensive logistics package encompassing a rail solution and stock management, enabling Quinn to focus on their core activities.”