Construction ramps up at £260 million Mossend International Railfreight Park in Scotland

The development of a major new low carbon, multi-modal rail freight facility located in the heart of Scotland has taken a significant step forward with the laying of a private rail track to facilitate construction. Once complete, Mossend International Railfreight Park (MIRP) will provide 2.2 million sq ft of logistics space and Scotland’s first 775-metre electric rail terminal.

In line with its ambition to set the bar for sustainability, the track laid has been recycled, re-using redundant track from Bedfordshire. It will facilitate the movement of construction materials for the development by rail and will then be removed.

David Stirling, Director of Mossend International Railfreight Park operator Peter D Stirling Ltd, said: “This represents a major milestone in the construction of MIRP, Scotland’s newest Strategic Railfreight Interchange. Being showcased at COP26 in November as an exemplar in low carbon logistics, it will provide a modern, multi-modal solution for businesses based locally as well as across the UK and Europe, accommodating 16 trains per day as part of a 24/7 operation.”

The planning application for Phase 1 was granted in May this year. It covers the detailed proposals and layout of the Railfreight Terminal including cross docking transit building, secondary buildings plus electric automated overhead gantry cranes (RMG) and associated infrastructure.

The rail terminal will be completed in Q4 2022 and, in early 2023, development of the distribution park will commence.

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For over four years now, PD Ports has operated a very successful intermodal rail freight service with direct connections from Teesport to Mossend. This route provides a simple, more cost effective and environmentally friendly route for European markets for Scotland’s imports and exports, whilst alleviating the already congested UK road network. As trade continues to grow and the requirements for more freight to be moved by rail, the new development at Mossend International Railfreight Park is both much needed and an exciting opportunity. It will play a significant role in transforming the modern supply chains into and out of Scotland and we wish the project every success.

Geoff Lippitt PD Ports