PHASE one plans for the build of Scotland’s largest international multi-modal rail freight park in Mossend have been approved by North Lanarkshire Council.
The low carbon, multi-modal rail freight facility, to be named The Mossend International Railfreight Park (MIRP), will provide the country’s first 775-metre electric rail terminal – accomodating 16 trains per day as part of a 24/7 operation.
The phase one application covers the detailed proposals and layout of the railfreight terminal, including the cross docking transit building, secondary buildings and electric automated overhead gantry cranes and associated infrastructure.
The overall development comprises the new railfreight terminal and railfreight park, plus a new A8 road access. Developers said that the new link road will link the terminal to the A8 ensuring all traffic is taken off the local Bellshill road network to the benefit of local residents.
David Stirling, director of Mossend International Railfreight Park operator Peter D Stirling Ltd, said, “The MIRP Phase 1 planning approval is a major milestone in advancing the Mossend International Railfreight Park and providing a modern multi-modal logistics solution for businesses based locally as well as across the UK and Europe. The development as a whole involves £260 million of investment over a number of phases and provides some 200,000 sq m of low carbon, distribution, logistics and manufacturing space.”