2012 2013
Share of sales moved by rail (11.6% of GB aggregates sold) 13.6m t 18.5m t
Share of sales moved by rail (cement) 16.9% 20.4%
Average road delivery distance (aggregates) 49.9km 51.5km
Average road volume/load (aggregates) 22.0 t 22.7 t
Marine dredged aggregates landings for construction use (7.4% of aggregates sold) 10.5m t 11.7m t

The average road delivery distances for aggregates and asphalt increased in 2013, although there was a slight reduction for ready-mixed concrete. This is likely to be a reflection of the fact that industry demand started to recover from the second quarter of 2013, but there has been a reduction and rationalisation in industry operating units during the recession, resulting in some increase in delivery distances.

However, the industry remains a very significant user of rail transport and over ten million tonnes of aggregates are delivered by marine dredger to wharves close to urban construction markets. The industry is working closely with rail and marine aggregates interests to maximise future supply through these modes.

The fact that mineral products are ultimately used at tens of thousands of construction sites throughout the UK means that road will always be the main mode of delivery. Minimising carbon emissions associated with material deliveries is an issue of growing importance for the industry.

MPA’s Cycle Safe campaign initiated in 2011 aims to prevent collisions between cyclists and Large Good Vehicles (LGVs) by raising awareness on both sides of how to cycle and drive as safely as possible.

In 2013, Transport for London facilitated an initiative to develop a single unified Vulnerable Road User (VRU) safety standard for clients, contractors and the supply chain to work to. MPA and MPA members have been leading contributors in the development of the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) Standard, introduced in December 2013, and MPA is now a CLOCS Champion.

The CLOCS standard includes much of what is in the MPA VRU Safety Policy (launched in 2012), such as driver training and vehicle equipment requirements, but also additional requirements for the supply chain and for clients and contractors. In order to simplify and clarify the application of VRU safety standards in the construction sector, the MPA policy has now been extended to match the CLOCS standard.

With the Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC), MPA helped to develop the Safeguarding Vulnerable Road Users course – a CPC approved Driver VRU training course which meets CLOCS requirements. In addition, to date, over 30,000 drivers have also attended CPC approved Driver Skills courses designed to raise awareness of issues such as cyclists safety.

MPA is working closely with individual members who have been running localised events, we have also successfully run our own Cycle Safe events and supported the Metropolitan Police Exchanging Places events. The association is working in partnership with other stakeholders on the issue of VRU safety.

To make full use of all modes of transport and to carry materials efficiently to minimise the impact of transport on local residents and the environment. To work with our stakeholders to understand more about the effect of mineral products transport on carbon emissions. To ensure that an increasing proportion of drivers benefit from industry-specific training and the award of a Drivers’ Skills card