Transport scheme for Lanarkshire

Ministers back Mossend railfreight park

RailfreightUpdated: Scottish ministers have backed proposals for an international railfreight terminal at Mossend, Bellshill, which will improve multi-modal transport links for distributors.

It will be one of Scotland’s most significant private sector infrastructure projects, employing 4,900 workers during the construction and operational phases.

In addition to new freight handling capabilities Mossend International Railfreight Park (MIRP) will help more businesses switch from road to rail for transporting long distance freight.

Expansion by PD Stirling, operator of the existing Mossend Railhead, will increase Scotland’s rail link capacity to UK and European markets by 66%.

David Stirling, director of PD Stirling said: “Today’s decision will open up new opportunities for railfreight and sustainable low-carbon logistics in Scotland.

“MIRP will be able to compete favourably on cost with road transport, extend choice and support the sustainable movement of goods to and from Scotland.

“We recognise that there has been some local concern but are looking forward to working with residents to put in place locally supported management for the proposed community woodland which will include walkways, woodlands and cycle routes.”

The granting of permission is seen as helping to deliver the Government’s Economic Strategy for Scotland published in March and supporting the role of rail freight in the country’s economy.

Railfreight has been increasing in popularity with supermarkets and material handling firms looking to transfer goods to and from Europe.

Mossend has seen an unprecedented level of interest recently from firms keen to explore the potential of the site as a key hub for transferring freight from road to rail.

Already a number of high-profile businesses including Wincanton Distribution, Ibstock Bricks, Howden Joinery and Wavin, a world-leader in the production of plastic pipes, have chosen Mossend for their expansion plans.

What is the scale of the development?

The site covers 125.8 hectares and lies to the south of the A8 trunk road, west of the West Coast Main Line railway and north of Bellshill.

Number of expected switches from road to rail:

At full capacity approximately 1,100 per day

How much increased demand is there for rail freight?

In the network rail 2012 freight study  between 2011 and 2042 domestic intermodal freight is predicted to grow by 456% and maritime freight is predicted to grow by 115%

The impact will it have on the economy:

£83 million in salaries will be generated in the local area and North Lanarkshire Council will benefit from an injection of £4.5m in annual rates. More than 60 jobs have been created on the existing site in the past 12 months.

Estimated reduction in carbon gases:

Rail freight is cleaner – reducing C02 by 76% over road freight for every tonne carried.

You say rail is increasingly popular with supermarkets. What is the evidence? What % have switched?

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