Rail freight park

Rail (UK) - - Contents - Pip Dunn Con­tribut­ing Writer rail@bauer­me­dia.co.uk

Plans out­lined for new £260m rail freight park at Mossend, with hopes that each train will take 90 HGVs off the road.

PLANS for a new elec­tri­fied rail­head in Mossend, Scot­land, were out­lined at the Mul­ti­modal trade show at the NEC in Birm­ing­ham on April 4.

It is hoped the £260 mil­lion Mossend In­ter­na­tional Rail­freight Park (MIRP) project will de­liver up to 2,700 full-time jobs and 2,200 con­struc­tion jobs, and that each train could take 90 HGVs off the roads.

An­drew Stir­ling, of PD Stir­ling (PDS), said: “There are 12,500 44-tonne HGVs us­ing the M74 to Scot­land and an­other 3,0004,000 com­ing up the East Coast along the A1.” He be­lieves some of that could “trans­fer to rail if the costs can be re­duced by ex­ploit­ing longer trains”.

PDS has been talk­ing to all the ma­jor rail freight op­er­a­tors to eval­u­ate the pos­si­bil­ity of shared ser­vices.

Stir­ling said: “De­lays in up­grad­ing the M8, due to be com­pleted in March but now likely to be ready in De­cem­ber, is also vi­tal to the MIRP project as this will give trucks road ac­cess to the site.”

He added: “We will build new in­fra­struc­ture with eight 800m sid­ings and we aim to turn around a full train - un­load­ing and reload­ing

it - in two hours.” Fully au­tonomous over­head gantry cranes will be used to un­load and load.

The site re­ceived plan­ning per­mis­sion in prin­ci­ple in Au­gust 2015, but a le­gal is­sue has de­layed the project.

The process started in 2009, and the plans will al­low it to ac­cept 775-me­tre trains car­ry­ing in the re­gion of 55 full-length con­tain­ers. PDS hopes it can in­crease the num­ber of con­tain­ers com­ing to Scot­land by rail from the cur­rent 460 a day to 2,400.

Of the rail freight com­pa­nies, only Freight­liner, which was a spon­sor, at­tended the event. How­ever, many of the lo­gis­tics com­pa­nies exhibiting were op­ti­mistic about growth us­ing rail.

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