DB Cargo’s Cornish clay contract under review

DB CARGO’S five-year contract to move Cornish china clay for Imerys expires in December and is currently under review.

DBC hauls bulk china clay from various locations to Par Docks and Carne Point, near Fowey, for export by sea. According to Imerys, negotiations with DB Cargo are still at an early stage, but the china clay producer is also considering other options for the traffic, including road haulage.

DB Cargo’s contract to haul Cornish china clay for Imerys is up for renewal. On July 2, No. 66025 rests at St Blazey before the start of another week’s work shuttling between clay dries at Carne Point and Par Docks, hauling bulk china clay for export. BEN JONES

A decision should be announced later this year.

From its peak, Cornish china clay traffic moving by rail has steadily dropped over the last three decades, as English China Clays (now Imerys) cut back the number of rail-served clay dries, and reduced Cornish production in favour of cheaper china clay imported from Brazil.

Currently, DB Cargo deploys a single Class 66 and around 40 CDA covered hopper wagons to handle Imerys traffic from loading points at Gooonbarrow, on the Newquay branch, and Parkandillack, near St Austell, to Par and Carne Point.

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