TARMAC HAS become the first company in the UK to install a Liebherr LH80C ‘Supergrab’ gantry materials handler. Installed at its Battersea concrete plant in London, the new equipment from Rail Freight Services will boost site performance by enabling faster offloading, improved stock control and increased delivery capacity.

Meanwhile, Tarmac has partnered with Ermewa to install GPS tracker systems on its freight wagons, giving real-time visibility of their position on the network and allowing customers to know precisely where a train is and when it will arrive for offloading. It is also working with wagon hire and logistics firm VTG to trial a new system designed to enhance its maintenance programme. The ‘VTG Connect’ units fitted to the wagons provide live visibility of the vehicles to maintenance crews and help reduce downtime.