The Scheme

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

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.

The site will provide:

Expanded Railhead

including eight x 775-metre sidings of international standard

500,000 containers

per annum capacity

2.2 million sq ft (204,387 sq m)

of additional onsite storage, distribution, service and logistics facilities

New access road

including a new bridge across the M8, removing traffic from local road network

Green network

quality green space, woodland and recreation as well as ecology and nature conservation

Key components

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

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)

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

Planning Timeline

The site was granted planning permission in 2017 for the development of new rail facilities and associated warehousing and manufacturing. The development accords with the Local Development Plan creating additional rail freight capacity and freight park facilities at the northern limit of the W10 loading gauge capable of conveying deep sea containers (9ft 6in high).

Investment opportunities

MIRP provides a unique investment opportunity into a rail freight development consortium that is facilitating class 5 and class 6 warehousing and manufacturing.

Investment has been provided by Transport for Scotland connecting the MIRP site to the heartland of the Scottish population.

The MIRP developers, Peter D.Stirling and the trustees of I.D.Meiklem are currently seeking a strategic investment partner for the future development of this inland port.

For further information please get in touch.

Contact Us

STVA are a specialist automotive logistics company now part of the wider Group CAT. We are unique in the UK industry being the only company that uses rail as part of the multi-modal service offering.

We recognise that road is a very dynamic mode of transport and thus to survive, rail needs to constantly evolve and innovate in order to keep up. Mossend International Railfreight Park offers rail users the chance to run significantly longer and consequently more cost-effective rail movements to and from Scotland.

This is very attractive in the automotive arena as trains tend to be relatively lightweight and length is generally the limiting factor. In 2020 the vast majority of new cars to be delivered to the Scottish domestic market arrive on a truck that has driven between 200-450 miles. We would like to change this paradigm so that rail becomes the first choice mode for long distance haulage. Mossend International Railfreight Park is part of a carbon-free jigsaw of innovation that can help to bring about this change.

Ian Brown STVA
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