A Century of Activity

Construction of the Barrington cement plant began just over 100 years ago in 1912 and the plant has been an important part of the local community and economy almost ever since.

Unfortunately, with the onset of the current recession, the company took the decision to mothball the plant in November 2008 with the sad loss of over 80 jobs. In April 2012, with little sign of a recovery in the UK construction industry and construction output forecast to decline further in 2013, the company took the decision that cement manufacture would not recommence at Barrington and the plant has therefore been decommissioned.

The Future

Naturally this prompts the question of what is the future of the site. With a landholding of around 900 acres (mostly represented by the quarry area and adjacent agricultural land), the ‘brown field’ element of the site represents only about 24 acres. This is the area where the plant, buildings, associated structures and offices stand.


As local residents will be aware, permission has been granted to restore part of the quarry, and the company will seek to do this by upgrading the railway line and importing inert material and it is hoped that this will commence during 2013 with the upgrade of the railway line itself. In addition, a large part of the quarried area is protected by its Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) status.

Contact Information

To make a comment or for further information please contact us at planninggb@cemex.com.

Barrington Quarry Restoration Proposals

At a public exhibition held on Friday, October 28th, CEMEX outlined its proposals to continue the restoration of the quarry void through the use of inert material brought in by rail.  The current permission will expire at the end of 2018 and the company believes that the proposals presented represent the most effective way of restoring the quarry whilst retaining the geological important Site of Specific Scientific Importance (SSSI).

The exhibition sought to illustrate how the restoration would continue, and gain feedback from visitors in advance of the planning application being finalised and submitted to Cambridgeshire County Council later in the year.

The display consisted of six panels depicting how the restoration process would continue and included a view of the final restoration of the site:

Display Panel 1

Display Panel 2

Display Panel 3

Display Panel 4

Display Panel 5

Display Panel 6

Two lists of Questions and Answers covering many aspects of these proposals and other aspects of the site are attached here:

Questions and Answers Sheets part 1   

Questions and Answers Sheets part 2

A presentation showing the sequence of the restoration is shown here:

Sequence of the restoration sequence





Barrington Cycle Route

News Flash....

Exploratory work on the cycle route begins this week on May 26th.  

For more detail please see the letter to residents attached and the likely timetable.

Barrington Drilling Letter.docx  

Barrington Programme 24-05-16.pdf



Update March 2015


As residents will be aware, and as discussed at the presentation in September, the project was originally targeted for completion by Christmas last year. Unfortunately, due to a number of issues with the nominated contractor, this was not achieved. The original contractor was replaced in January and the company took on the role of project management itself and recruited a sub-contractor to undertake the necessary engineering work. Since that appointment, work has been progressing more satisfactorily and we are aiming for the first trains to be bringing in material in a few months time. As the timescale becomes clearer, we will let you know when this is to take place.

The Viaduct

Work on the viaduct is a key part of the project and this should be underway shortly.


Obviously, the track will be fenced prior to becoming operational and more precise details of when this is to be installed will be made available shortly.

Working Hours

There are a variety of restrictions relating to working hours for this project but they do, in the main, preclude any work before 7.00 am. We will ensure that these regulations are adhered to. 

Public Meeting

In order to provide more precise details on all aspects of the project, we will organize a further public meeting for mid April to answer any questions and to discuss any issues.

Planning Application – New Homes on the Plant Site

It is our understanding that the planning application for the new homes is scheduled to go to committee at South Cambridgeshire District Council on April 1st.   If you have any questions or queries prior to the meeting, please contact me as below. 

Ian Southcott, CEMEX UK  



Upgrading of level crossings

We need to upgrade the levels crossings in Foxton, Glebe and Haslingfield Roads as part of plans to import restoration materials to our former quarry using the Barrington Light Railway. We are consulting in advance of lodging our application with the Office of the Rail Regulator. You can view  a copy of the full consultation document here.

Consultation document.

The future of the former cement works

Posted October 2013: Following detailed consideration of the options for the future of the former cement plant and an outline presentation to the Parish Council at the September meeting, a public display of the proposals for the development of the site will be held in Barrington as follows:

Friday October 11th

10am - 1pm: former cement works site

2pm - 8pm: Barrington Village Hall

Saturday October 12th

10am - 3pm: Barrington Village Hall

Residents from Barrington and the surrounding villages are welcome to visit the exhibition, view the proposals and discuss them with community representatives.

You can view our exhibition here

Complete our feedback form here


Liaison Group

Posted August 2013: The Liaison Group met in July to hear about progress on the rail upgrade project and the work the company is undertaking in respect of assessing the options for the future development of the site.

The results of the studies the company is carrying out into, for example, potential commercial and industrial uses for the site and infrastructure needs should be available in September and the company plan to share these with the Parish Council and the community. Dates for these will be discussed with the Council and published in due course.

Notes from July Liaison Group meeting

Barrington Light Rail Sub-Group

Posted August 2013: The Barrington Light Rail Sub group will meet on 5th September to discuss progress with the letting of the contract for the rail upgrade and import of material. The group was formed when CEMEX were given permission to upgrade the railway into the cement plant site. The improved rail line would allow inert material to be brought to site to achieve the restoration of the quarry.

As progress is now being made on letting the contract for the upgrade and the import of material, the group will meet to discuss the timetable for the work and establish lines of communication for the group and the company during the upgrade work and the subsequent import.

At this stage it looks like the rail work could begin in September or October and is scheduled to last 26 weeks. This could see two trains a day arriving at the site by next March or April.

The group is chaired by Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Sebastian Kindersley and consists of parish councillors from Barrington and Foxton and residents living close to the railway.


Traffic counters

Posted August 2013: As part of the rail upgrade, automatic traffic counters are to be installed near the crossings on Haslingfield Road, Glebe Road and Barrington Road, Foxton from September 4th for one week. The purpose is to confirm traffic levels on these routes.

£10,000 for Barrington Church

Posted August 2013: The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund has given a grant of £10,000 to All Saints Church, Barrington to help with the urgent work needed on the roof and as part of the overall renovation project. CEMEX’s Barrington quarry has also donated 20 tonnes of clunch – the building stone quarried at the site – for the project. According to English Heritage, Barrington quarry is now the only source of stone of the necessary quality for such renovation projects in the region.

Open days

Posted March 2013: The company is seeking to establish though a community consultation and engagement process how the brown field or previously developed land on the site might be developed in the future. As part of this process, and in order for local residents to understand and appreciate the current status, the site will be open to visitors as follows:

Friday 5th April 2013: 1 pm – 7 pm

Saturday 6th April 2013: 10 am – 3 pm

In addition, to tours of the site and the quarry, there will be a variety of displays including one depicting the archaeology of the site and one describing the restoration project.