Sustainability

Mossend International Railfreight Park (MIRP) is a zero-carbon development that promotes sustainable logistics.

 

Sustainable development

MIRP realises the potential of a strategically located existing site to create an integrated, all-electric, zero-carbon rail freight terminal.

 

A number of initiatives and measures have been put in place to minimise the impact of the development and its operation, while making a positive contribution to the environment:

  • Ecology and nature conservation – the creation of a green network for the local community, promoting biodiversity
  • Noise and vibration mitigation measures
  • Sustainable and improved drainage systems on the site
  • Power sourced wherever possible from green and renewable energy providers
  • A new access road link from MIRP onto the A8 to remove HGV traffic from the local road network within Bellshill, improving the safety and environment for residents

 

Low-carbon economy

As a catalyst for a modal shift from road to rail, it will support economic competitiveness by reducing transport costs for zero-carbon logistics and distribution. The all-electric terminal has the capacity to save over 200,000 tonnes of carbon per annum, supporting Scotland’s transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Sustainable transport

MIRP will enable some of the 11,000 long-distance Anglo-Scottish HGV movements per day to be diverted from the motorway and trunk road network onto rail. It will have the capacity to cater for over 16 million tonnes of goods per annum.

 

In addition, long-distance trains will be hauled by electric traction or hybrid locomotives, and the shunting at the park will be undertaken by battery-powered locomotives initially, with hydrogen options also being explored.

 

Fully laden containers from a 775-metre international standard train can be moved by electric tug vehicles directly to the distribution centre on the internal private road network, reducing disruption and negating the need to separate out cargo for travel on roads, which must be 30 per cent lighter. Each train typically takes 90 lorry journeys off the road.

Green network

Major areas of the site will be retained as quality green space, providing woodland, walking paths and cycle routes for the local community. Approximately 50,000 trees will be planted and the entire space will actively promote biodiversity.

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