Bardon Hill Quarry near Leicester in Leicestershire is one of the United Kingdom’s oldest continuously operated quarries.
Aggregate Industries UK Ltd has recently developed a new quarry extension at this strategically important site. In order to sustain quarrying activities, a separate material handling system is required to extract, process and transport overburden for emplacement within the existing quarry as part of its restoration. Doppelmayr Transport Technology has worked closely with Aggregate Industries UK Ltd to develop a unique solution that dramatically reduces CO2 emissions and environmental impact compared with road haulage or the footprint associated with a conventional surface conveyor system.
The proven RopeCon® system is a combination of ropeway technology and conventional conveying technology. At Bardon Hill, it spans across the entire pit. The RopeCon® system includes a reversable second belt that enables simultaneous conveying and emplacement activities.
During the life of the operation, the RopeCon® track ropes are periodically retensioned to allow the system to be lifted above the placed material. This ability to control the drop height minimises the impact from noise and dust during operation of the system.
This is the first such installation in the UK and transports up to 1000 tons of overburden per hour.