A small part of the large railway operation in the heart of the Peak District. Limestone quarrying has been a feature of this location for more than 100 years and now it is the origin of some of the longest running railfreight flows in the UK. Over the years this expansive site has produced aggregates for everything from construction to catalytic processes in the chemical and petrochem industries. It has been run by many different companies including British giants like ICI, Tilcon and Blue Circle but is now mostly operated by Cemex of Mexico and much of the railfreight aspect is controlled by Germany’s DB Schenker.
The quarries and associated logistics operate on a 24 hour basis, it is the only mineral production site in the UK that operates 24/7 and continues to contribute significantly to the local economy and the prosperity of towns such as Chapel-en-le-Frith and Buxton.