Victa Railfreight has won an important new contract to provide shunting services for CEMEX UK, part of the multi-national producer of aggregate, cement and other building materials, to cap another year of growth for the Kent based operations support specialist.
Victa Managing Director, Neil Sime, said he was ‘delighted' with the win.
He explained: "I'm pleased to have agreed a deal to provide shunting services at Dove Holes in the Peak District for CEMEX UK
"We will be working closely with DB Cargo, GB Railfreight and other freight operators, who are providing the trunk haulage for CEMEX UK, as well as Network Rail and CEMEX themselves, over whose infrastructure we will be operating."
The contract win comes as Victa, the Rail Freight Group's current business of the year, forecasts growth in turnover over the past 12 months of just under £2million, to £6.5million.
He explained: "We've seen growth and positive developments in many areas of our business.
As turnover grows so too has the number of people working for Victa. Today some 130 people are employed by Victa. All this is a significant achievement for a business whose turnover in 2014 stood at £620,000 and which employed 20 people.
The future looks positive too.
Neil continued: "Our ground staff services are in great demand, demand that currently outstrips supply with more requests coming in from customers every week. We are undertaking a big recruitment drive to help close the skills gap.
"We also continue to provide rail operations staff to the Crossrail project to man the engineering construction trains. This maintains our track record of support for major construction projects such as HS1 and Heathrow Terminal 5.
"We have a number of main line "feeder operations" at the early stage of development.
"Our message of efficiency and innovation to develop new traffic opportunities being very much recognised by other freight train operating companies, ports and major logistics companies around the UK."
Neil explained that Victa has also experienced a boom in its safety and competency training activities. Consequently, he is planning to expand its range and scope of the Victa training and development programmes.
"In March Victa delivered a Rail Safety Awareness course to members of CEMEX's European rail team," he said.
"They were very impressed with its content and relevance, so we are now looking at ways in which we might benefit from licensing similar courses, suitably modified to suit particular national standards in mainland Europe."
Neil concluded: "Times continue to be exciting for Victa. We are meeting customers' requirements thanks to our skilled and dedicated workforce.
"Long may that continue."