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04 June 2007

CEMEX Commits to a New Rail Contract to Promote Sustainable Solutions & Allow for Rail Expansion

Building materials solutions company CEMEX UK today awarded a six-year contract to EWS Construction for its rail freight for aggregates and coal. This is the first major contract awarded to EWS Construction and includes the transportation of over two million tonnes of materials per annum.

The new partnership will enable CEMEX UK, which has doubled its use of rail freight in the last five years, to optimise efficiency and accommodate further rail growth as part of its commitment to sustainable development.

A key element of the new contract is the replacement of CEMEX's existing traditional rolling stock of 89 freight wagons with EWS Construction's new, high capacity, track-friendly wagons that will be painted in the CEMEX liveries. This increase in wagon capacity will enable CEMEX to move more material using fewer trains, thus reducing fuel consumption and the number of journeys made.

The first wagons bearing the CEMEX logo will be on the railway network from the beginning of June.

CEMEX is committed to rail transportation and has an extensive network of railheads and depots across the country, from Selby in the north to Acton the south and as far east as Norwich. Additional investment is planned with additional loading capacity at Doveholes Quarry in Derbyshire and new depots being built during the course of 2007 and 2008, further endorsing rail as a key element of CEMEX logistics strategy.

A new operational solution for the coal freight haulage will be implemented by Autumn 2007 which will see larger higher capacity trains operating between Immingham and Rugby. This also reduces the overall number of rail movements.

It is anticipated that all initial changes with the new EWS Construction contract will be completed by early Autumn 2007 to coincide with the first batch of 48 CEMEX wagons becoming operational on the rail network. The balance of the new wagons, 34 wagons, will be brought into service during the first half of 2008.

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Notes to Editors:

for further information contact:

Elizabeth Young,
CEMEX t. 01932 583214
elizabeth.young@ext.cemex.com

or

Graham Meiklejohn,
EWS t. 0870 1405795
graham.meiklejohn@ews-railway.co.uk

CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also has a significant share of the asphalt, concrete block and mortar markets. The company has a national supply network in the UK with over 500 locations, to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally. For more information, see www.cemex.co.uk or www.cemex.com

EWS Construction forms part of EWS. EWS was established in February 1996 and since then has played a major role in increasing the amount of freight moved on the rail network by 60%. For more information on EWS Construction, see www.ews-construction.co.uk

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