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Expanded Mossend ‘will boost Scots intermodal business’

[ February 5, 2014   //   ]

The £250 million expansion of the Mossend International Railfreight Terminal in Central Scotland will help shift freight from road to rail, says site owner and terminal operator PD Stirling.

Mossend International Railfreight Park will increase capacity by two thirds and offer a rail link to UK and European markets, along with 200,000sq m of warehousing allowing occupiers to load directly to and from trains. The new terminal will be able to handle 775-metre long electric trains. It will also create 4,900 jobs.
A planning application for the expansion of the existing Mossend Railhead and the new Railfreight Park was submitted in November to North Lanarkshire Council by PD Stirling and joint venture partners the ID Meiklam Trust. A decision on the planning application is due in early summer 2014. Construction is programmed to start in 2015 with phased development of the site to 2030.

The Scottish Government’s proposed Third National Planning Framework (NPF3), which has been submitted to the Parliament and is expected to be adopted in June of this year, recognises Mossend as one of three important freight interchanges and highlights that rail freight will become increasingly important as exports grow.

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