L-R Andrew Sritling, Keith Brown MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work), and David Stirling.
Mossend International Railfreight Park (MIRP) has officially launched their expanded Railhead project at their Bellshill Railhead, marking a major investment for North Lanarkshire’s economy.
MIRP provides access to intermodal transport facilities, operating as an “inland port”, handling the transfer of cargo from rail onto truck. MIRP will put Scotland at the forefront of a Europe-wide logistics network and is a game changer in the rail logistics business.
The family business, which has been delivering logistics for over 140 years, marked the milestone with a team of Clydesdale horses hauling a traditional horse lorry across the newly completed M8 bridge, which links directly to the MIRP site.
This reflected the origins of the business which started using horse-drawn carriages as a coal merchant and carrier in Glasgow. The company, which has worked in rail transport for 85 years, invited key partners and businesses from across the UK to join them at a reception where they celebrated the launch of the project and highlighted its ambition to become a leading provider of low carbon logistics for the UK putting Scotland at the forefront of a Europe-wide logistics network.
David Stirling, PD Stirling Ltd (who own MRIP) said: “This is an exciting day for us as we launch Mossend International Railfreight Park. It is a significant milestone for low carbon logistics for the UK, creating more opportunities for railfreight, both into and out of the very heart of Scotland. We will continue to work closely with North Lanarkshire Council, our local communities and the Scottish Government to ensure that we deliver a truly modern, strategic rail facility in central Scotland which connects the country to the UK and Europe.
“This project will also transform the local community in Lanarkshire, bringing jobs, local investment and a sustainable green legacy for Bellshill, by incorporating a network of community greenspace. Crucially, this will help Scotland lead the world in providing a lower cost, efficient and more sustainable alternative, to long haul road transport.”
Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, who attended the launch said: “The Mossend International Railfreight Park marks an exciting chapter for the delivery of sustainable transport in central Scotland. Not only will MIRP play an important role developing Central Scotland’s freight infrastructure, it will also support sustainable economic growth within the region and help to deliver our ambitious plans for the future of rail and freight.
“The Scottish Government are committing record levels of investment in rail as part of our £5bn package of transformative improvements to infrastructure and services in Scotland’s railways up until 2019.
“In addition the £30m Scottish Strategic Rail Freight Investment Fund (2014-2019) is supporting the industry as it looks towards unlocking the capacity and capability of the rail freight network in support of growth and capitalising on new market opportunities.”
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