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Update: Proposals for a new International Railfreight Terminal at Mossend in Bellshill have been given a seal of approval by Scottish Ministers. For more information visit the news page.


A planning application for Mossend International Railfreight Park has now been submitted to North Lanarkshire Council and can be viewed here –planning application no. 13/02079/PPP


The traffic effects of the proposed development have been assessed in consultation with Transport Scotland & North Lanarkshire Council. An environmental assessment including EIA scoping has been completed and submitted as part of the planning application.


The Environmental Assessment covers a range of topics including:

    • Geology, Soils and Land Use
    • Ecology and Nature Conservation
    • Water Environment
    • Noise and Vibration
    • Air Quality
    • Landscape & Visual
    • Community Effects – Pedestrians, Cyclists, Amenity
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Construction Impacts


A direct road link from Mossend Railhead to the motorway and trunk road network is essential to accommodate the planned expansion and avoid increasing traffic levels on the local road network.


In accordance with Government Policy on sustainable transport, the redevelopment of Mossend will allow long distance freight movement to be diverted from the motorway and trunk road network onto rail, thereby contributing to a significant reduction in Co2 emissions.


A new access link onto the A8 East of Shawhead will remove HGV traffic from the local road network within Bellshill improving the safety and environment for residents. The main access road will be constructed and brought into use in 2021.

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