The Port of Grangemouth has invested £3m in a new rail facility at Scotland’s largest freight hub.
The injection is targeted to increase and modernise the port’s rail capacity by extending the dual rail siding from 200 m to 775 m.
Set to be operational in January 2021, the rail freight terminal will have the capacity to handle the UK’s longest freight trains and offer enhanced container and domestic intermodal options for customers in the food, drink, and perishables sectors.
Derek Knox, senior port manager at the Port of Grangemouth, said: “Over the past five years, we have invested over £30m in the Port of Grangemouth to offer our customers first class service and connectivity for their businesses.
“We now look to extend this further and the investment in our rail terminal is part of our strategy to provide more resilient, cost effective, greener and efficient options for rail freight transportation to our existing and future customers.”
The increased rail capacity as a result of the investment will reportedly help to ease UK road congestion by taking trucks off of its roads, therefore also contributing to a lower carbon footprint.
Knox added: “As the UK prepares to leave the EU single market and the customs union, the freight sector is looking at ways to maintain an efficient free flowing supply chain.
“With the new rail offering combined with our established port operations and streamlined customs processes, the freight hub we are creating provides a unique solution.”