Development

Mossend International Railfreight Park (MIRP) is Scotland’s first inland dry port.

 

The site will provide:

  • An expanded railhead including eight x 775-metre sidings of international standard
  • 2 million sq ft (200,000 sq m) of additional onsite storage, distribution, service and logistics facilities
  • A new access road to the north of the site, including a new bridge across the M8 already constructed (this will remove all MIRP related traffic from the local road network to benefit local communities)
  • Green network

 

It is strategically located next to electrified West Coast Main Line (WCML) and is the only freight location in Scotland which has rail connections north, south, east and west. It is also adjacent to major road networks. These links provide direct and easy access to the major UK ports, the Channel Tunnel and other UK and Scottish freight interchanges.

 

We are at an advanced application stage for the EU-certified standard authorisation, AEO status, to prepare the site for changing trade conditions as a result of Brexit.

 

Rail

  • The railway activity zone will be the main operational area for rail freight handling
  • There will be eight new 775-metre rail sidings international standard
  • Logistics will include two fully autonomous rail-mounted gantry (RMG) cranes and container storage areas
  • It will be an intermodal terminal with automotive train capability
  • The terminal will be served by two battery-powered shunting locomotives
  • 5,000 TEU storage capacity

 

Logistics park

  • The main rail-served freight park will be serviced by all-electric tug vehicles operating within an internal road network, with servicing and external space to the north
  • The distribution park will have provision for Class 5 industrial and Class 6 storage and distribution space
  • The completed development will be a first-class serviced logistics park providing distribution, logistics support, freight handling facilities and service support for Class 4 office and Class 5 industrial users

 

Road

  • MIRP will be served with a new access road, which will cross over the M8 motorway (on an already constructed bridge) and connect to the upgraded A8 at a new roundabout to the east of the Shawhead Junction
  • The new access road will provide direct access for HGV traffic to the strategic road network, including the A8, M8, A725, M73, M74, and M77. It will remove existing MIRP HGV traffic from the local road network, including the A775 (Main Street, Mossend) and B7070 (North Road, Bellshill)

 

Timeline

  • Planning granted October 2017
  • Official launch April 2018
  • Planning application for specific areas: initial submissions September 2020
  • Start rail yard construction: planned for April 2021
  • Development of warehousing and logistics park once the rail terminal is complete
  • Link Road connecting to site to be completed summer Q4 2023 with first occupation in 2024

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