Garston Depot keeps Tarmac on track


In May 2017, we opened a new rail depot at Garston to meet growing customer demand in the North West of England, in a move that aims to take around 10,000 trucks off the roads.

The new operation, created in partnership with rail freight operating company Freightliner and terminal handling business Rail Freight Services, will receive up to 300,000 tonnes a year of aggregates from our Tunstead quarry for onward supply to customers across Merseyside and Cheshire.

The Garston depot is located approximately five miles south of the Liverpool city centre, well situated to serve Merseyside and the surrounding areas. It was created in a period of two months by local operations teams in coordination with colleagues at Tunstead and Central region logistics. The depot is currently receiving three trains a week.

Tarmac are one of the largest private sector users of railfreight in the UK, transporting around nine million tonnes of material by rail every year. The new depot is part of our national strategy to increase the movement of material by rail, and enables continuity of material supply to local customers at the same time as supporting an important drive towards more efficient, sustainable transport and a lower carbon built environment.


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“As a result of the hard work we’re now able to build on our customer service offering with a ready supply of materials for use in a wide range of projects across the region.”

Richard Kirwin,
Area Director, Materials – North West