That's spooky, almost in the same position and was discussing on LJN Chat last night.
I could get anywhere or any common sense from local suppliers regarding supplying part/small loads. Just not interested, even if picked up. I tried Cemex (RMC Group).
I'm watching this with interest :-)
Unless you are a account customer, you stand little chance off getting a price from Tarmac, in my area off east anglia, avearge is £100 per ton+vat +delivery +any other charge they dream up
Just a absolute nightmare!! I try and aviod tarmac at all costs! I ended up speaking to someone in essex id guess. I am based in sussex and my local depot is about 5 miles from the site.! But could I get a phone number for the branch... no chance Just a clueless person on the other end of the phone who redirected me to another clueless person and back again! Makes me livid!!!!
Mark - I had a figure of £100 plus vat in mind but I expect down here is sussex your probs talking 120 plus vat now! ha!
I used to have an account with our local batching plant to collect direct.
It is a bit faffy as unless you are very early 5am sort of thing expect to join the queue with a lot of lorries all awaiting there loads.
Make sure you know what "pen grade" you are after as they batch mixes together and do a run of each at a time.
Explaiantion see: http://www.pavingexpert.com/tarmac01.htm
The way i get round all the aggravation these days is get one of my local aggregate companies to pick it up in one of there small lorries, downside is it doesn't have a thermal body, but if you are getting it down quick it isn't much of a problem.
If you need a reasonable quantity then my local aggregate guys use there account with the tarmac guys and it comes out in a nice insulated body and has hours of workability.
hope this helps in some way.
20mm runs at 160+vat in northampton its the same for 40mm too!!! but thats for cash so maybe a different price if you have an account I suppose it varies from county to county on prices.
although depending on how much you need you may have to wait around in the yard till a larger order is placed generally anything less than a ton it doesnt mix very well so they add it on to a larger drop and load you after the larger amount has been dropped.